Want 25 tons of hard concrete through your sunroof? Didn’t think so.

Some unauthorized people have been going on the construction site at the State Street Garage expansion. Bad idea.

Construction jobs are inherently unsafe places. People can fall in holes that haven’t yet been filled, hit by careless workers swinging a hammer, or moving equipment, or worse:

Bummer. From the parking deck’s blog (emphasis added):

Yesterday the site was shut down for approximately 30 minutes because some individual drove his car through the site, parked and walked directly under the swing radius of the crane. We have strict safety guidelines we have to abide by so we cannot allow this to continue to happen. Because of this incident and others like it this week, we have been forced to close off even more of the garage during the day and have added even more signage and folks on site.

Our goal is to be off of State Street by March 5, 2013 and we simply will not be able to meet that goal without cooperation.

The precast concrete can weigh 25 to 30 tons each, according to Rick Emmett, Knoxville’s downtown coordinator. Personally, I’ve been out there a couple times, driving through around the area, and it seems that the signs and wayfinders are pretty obvious. But if others have been having trouble navigating the traffic changes, then get in touch with me. I’d like to hear your story.: wittg@knoxnews.com



As for the swinging concrete, if it were to tragically slip – it would be like having five or six of these land on your car – or you – at the same time. And while the crews make every effort to be safe while on site, those who wander onto the site – when work is happening – are at risk for any unfortunate accident, and without the same means and training the workers have. If you didn’t have a sunroof before, parking under the swing radius of a working crane may be one of the worst ways to get one.


About Gerald

A journalist in Knoxville, TN. Work (mostly) inside and play (mostly) outside. I'm a part of the X or the Y generation. None of us claim the other.
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