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(Al Jazeera)   At least seven students killed by falling from the fourth floor of a Bolivian university building after railing gives way, which we can only hope was not the engineering building   (aljazeera.com) divider line
    More: Scary, Bolivia, La Paz, El Alto, Interior Minister Eduardo del Castillo, Death, El Alto International Airport, fourth floor of a university building, Life  
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2021-03-05 8:55:25 PM  
I have built more than my share of decks during my lifetime. Do I even need to say that people who test railings, well, engineers think of them. Designers. Carpenters. Lawyers. They do too. But somehow, somewhere, there are just too many idiots for one railing to hold. And there are more every year.

Go look at a railing next time you get a chance and think about why it will not fail. If you can find out why, it will probably fail anyway eventually. If you can't find out why, back away slowly.
 
2021-03-05 8:58:02 PM  
Here's the video the article mentioned. NSFW.
 
2021-03-05 10:31:24 PM  

2fardownthread: I have built more than my share of decks during my lifetime. Do I even need to say that people who test railings, well, engineers think of them. Designers. Carpenters. Lawyers. They do too. But somehow, somewhere, there are just too many idiots for one railing to hold. And there are more every year.

Go look at a railing next time you get a chance and think about why it will not fail. If you can find out why, it will probably fail anyway eventually. If you can't find out why, back away slowly.


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In space, railings don't need to fail.
 
2021-03-05 10:31:33 PM  
Bolivian tree lizards ok though,

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2021-03-05 10:32:20 PM  
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2021-03-05 10:35:32 PM  
Saw a video of this. Pretty brutal. There was a huge crowd of people pushing on that railing, as many people as you could fit onto that walkway. Still seems like it shouldn't have failed like that, though.
 
2021-03-05 10:37:09 PM  

ransack.: Saw a video of this. Pretty brutal. There was a huge crowd of people pushing on that railing, as many people as you could fit onto that walkway. Still seems like it shouldn't have failed like that, though.


Railing is designed to keep drunk people and toddlers from falling off shiat. It's not designed to keep a hundred drunk toddlers from falling off shiat.
 
2021-03-05 10:37:43 PM  
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2021-03-05 10:39:33 PM  
Technically they were killed by landing not falling.
 
2021-03-05 10:42:35 PM  
Holy sh*t, how lucky was that person who landed on the next level?
 
2021-03-05 10:49:38 PM  
Seven Bolivian students died.

That's a lot of -- oh wait
 
2021-03-05 10:54:03 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Technically they were killed by landing not falling.


Dammit, I'm going to hell. That totally made me lol.
 
2021-03-05 10:59:23 PM  

ransack.: There was a huge crowd of people pushing on that railing, as many people as you could fit onto that walkway. Still seems like it shouldn't have failed like that, though.


Railings are to keep people from walking over the edge, or provide support if someone trips into it. That many people shoving up against it can put several thousand ft/lbs of torque on the mounting flanges; more than can reasonably be expected of architectural elements.
 
2021-03-05 11:04:54 PM  
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2021-03-05 11:16:22 PM  
That was the the most horrible thing I've ever seen. It seems like such a weird lapse of mass adult judgement.
 
2021-03-05 11:31:13 PM  
Anyone know why they were there?
 
2021-03-05 11:32:18 PM  
A failing railing sent flailing students bailing.
 
2021-03-05 11:34:15 PM  

2fardownthread: I have built more than my share of decks during my lifetime. Do I even need to say that people who test railings, well, engineers think of them. Designers. Carpenters. Lawyers. They do too. But somehow, somewhere, there are just too many idiots for one railing to hold. And there are more every year.

Go look at a railing next time you get a chance and think about why it will not fail. If you can find out why, it will probably fail anyway eventually. If you can't find out why, back away slowly.


Make something idiot proof and the world just builds a better idiot.
---AvE
 
2021-03-05 11:38:06 PM  

RedVentrue: Anyone know why they were there?


Education.
 
2021-03-05 11:42:13 PM  

farkingismybusiness: Here's the video the article mentioned. NSFW.


Hopefully I will save some people some tears and anguish,

DO NOT WATCH THE VIDEO!
 
2021-03-05 11:44:54 PM  

Sexy Jesus: RedVentrue: Anyone know why they were there?

Education.


Hope they learned something
 
2021-03-05 11:50:27 PM  
You need to see the video.
It will make you aware that things you take for granted (e.g. railings) are fallible & you shouldn't trust your life to them.

I went to a concert in an old auditorium with a giant balcony... at the finale, the dumbarsses were bouncing said balcony... just scared the shiat out of me, so I noped out & listened to the band's encore from the lobby.,. not worth dying over.  My 150 lbs leaving the bouncing balcony probably kept it within tolerance & saved a lot of ppl from dying.
 
2021-03-06 12:01:04 AM  
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2021-03-06 12:27:58 AM  
I saw the video on Liveleak yesterday. It was like watching a train accident in slow motion. They can't hear you yelling "stop pushing on the railing".
 
2021-03-06 12:47:18 AM  
I don't have this problem but my job is to inspect safety equipment at Spectre's evil lairs.
 
2021-03-06 10:05:00 AM  

valenumr: ransack.: Saw a video of this. Pretty brutal. There was a huge crowd of people pushing on that railing, as many people as you could fit onto that walkway. Still seems like it shouldn't have failed like that, though.

Railing is designed to keep drunk people and toddlers from falling off shiat. It's not designed to keep a hundred drunk toddlers from falling off shiat.


50 plf per rail and 200 lb at the top of a post
 
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