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Last week saw a giant 157m long, 22m wide, 1,500-tonne machine bridge building machine begin work on Mersey Gateway Bridge.
Described as looking like a giant Meccano structure, Trinity is a movable scaffolding system that will attach to the bridge piers and enable the elevated approach viaducts to be built over the Mersey estuary.
In the wake of such an impressive machine roaring into existence, we wanted to share with you 5 other examples of extraordinary equipment. Watch the video below to see them in action!
An astounding video has emerged on YouTube of a construction worker demonstrating an amazing ability to perform tricks with his hammer reminiscent of Bruce Lee with nunchucks!
The video begins with US construction worker Justin Fiddler throwing the tool around in the air whilst an offscreen commentary says “How’s it going folks, today we are doing a video for a stiletto hammer.”
He then proceeds to carry out an impressive series of tricks by throwing the hammer around in the air, making it spin, balance and even bounce with perfect accuracy and control.
Justin concludes the video with the quip “A well balanced tool, one of the best in the industry.”
Watch the video below:
2016 update: Whilst the below video is undoubtedly impressive and a true demonstration of skilled handiwork, many of you quite rightly pointed out that the subject is not technically a brickie, as laying a brick pathway is totally different to building a brick wall using mortar. We decided to see if anybody else was worthy of the impressive title of “the World’s fastest brickie” and soon came across an amazing story about Paul Baker, an 85-year-old Wadalba man who has previously suffered a broken neck, a major hip replacement and carpel tunnel operations on both hands, who this year attempted to enter the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s fastest bricklayer.
In May last year Mr Baker attempted to lay 1,000 bricks in one hour, a target set to beat the current record of 914 bricks laid by Bob Boil in 1987 – an American man half his age. Paul got off to an amazing start, laying 400 bricks within the first half hour. However, shortly after tiredness began to take hold and once the hour was up the total number of bricks he had laid was 756, somewhat shy of the current record.
Whilst Paul fell short of entering the Guinness Book of World Records, he did surpass the American National record of 644 laid by Jerry Goodman. “I was very happy with that” said Mr. Baker following the attempt.
So perhaps not the “World’s Fastest Brickie”, but certainly worth a mention. Well done Paul! See a video of his attempt here.
A viral video is currently doing the rounds in the construction industry, capturing what many are beginning to call the world’s fastest workman in action.
Captured on camera in Essex the bricklayer is recorded by a co-worker assembling a driveway in super quick fashion and dropping 154 bricks in the unbelievable time of just one minute 40 seconds – that’s a laying speed of more than 90 bricks a minute or 8 bricks every 3 seconds.
Is this the fastest workman in the world? Watch video below:
In a race against a robot, it’s difficult to say which one is the fastest.
What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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