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    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2016
     
    Just came across this - tin cans to fill out the concrete in the block of flats which collapsed in Taiwan:

    http://blogs.agu.org/landslideblog/2016/02/08/taking-responsibility-1/

    Sometimes a little inspection is a good idea.
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    Someone living near one of the big Scottish hydro dams told me he saw a lot of drums of oil being taken up the glen for machinery building the dam, but he never saw the empties coming back out. He thinks he knows where they went.

    Not sure if his yarn is as reliably researched (or less) (or more) than this report about the horrible tragedy in Taiwan - I don't know. Its also on BBC
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-35515749
    • CommentAuthorgyrogear
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2016
     
    I worked on a nuclear power station for China - my bosses rotated every few months; one came back and told us that when he'd gone out, he'd observed a lot of rebars lying around; he asked his Chinese deputy what are all these rebars doing, lying around; the response was, "we saved them from the turbine hall slab"

    gg
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2016
     
    Not just China. A long time ago a friend used to work on building nuclear power stations in the UK. I remember him telling me about a cooling pipe that came down through the building and needed to be stress free. The design tolerance was a mm or two but he was attracted by some noise to discover that it had come down several inches out of line and the navvies were busy using hammers to 'correct' it!
    • CommentAuthorrhamdu
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2016
     
    Was shocked when I saw those cans in the debris, on BBC news.

    Lots of people on site must have known. I suggest that even in Taiwan, cooking oil cans are not a normal thing to see on a building site. The idea that this was just one rogue employee is even more implausible than in VW Dieselgate.
    • CommentAuthorTriassic
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2016
     
    I worked on a building site in the days of milk bottles, there were loads of them and the boss told the labourer to get rid of them all, so he and the brickie incorporated them into a few interior wall.

    Oh and the old works van buried in a front garden!
    • CommentAuthorCerisy
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2016
     
    One of my old bosses from National Bus Company days orginally worked on housing. After one of his regular early morning inspections he had to pop back as he had forgotten his note book, only to find them pulling the mesh back out from the slab and washing it down to use the next morning! The company went bust that day and the all slabs had to be replaced!
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