Video: Man in Komatsu survives demolition impact

US demolition worker hunkers down in his excavator as it takes the full impact of a falling chimney

The Komatsu attempts to lumber away from the inbound mass of bricks.
The Komatsu attempts to lumber away from the inbound mass of bricks.

A US demolition worker survived after a 113-year-old smokestack fell on him in Alabama when he employed an Komatsu excavator in an attempt to rectify the failure of a round of explosive charges.

As Tim Phifer, the driver of the vehicle, realised the chimney might be heading his way he backed the Komatsu machines away, but not in time to get out of the path of its fall.

However, the excavator stood firm, and Phifer credited the sturdy construction of the Komatsu and the fact that he chose to stay inside the roll-over-proof cabin with saving his life.

He walked away with only a few scratches.


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