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    Member Missy's avatar
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    Foul Play at the Construction site.

    Hello

    I'm a newbie to the forum and I joined because I'm writing a novel where there is a rather suspect accident on a Construction site

    I started a thread Here and I've had some really excellent suggestions, but someone suggested that it might make a good brain storming idea.

    Basically, the Construction Engineer (at the moment this is his job title, but that may change) is killed in an accident on a generally well run site. I asked for ways in which sabotage could take place on a site, but be made to look like an unfortunate oversite or error by the person who dies. Nobody else is endangered, just one man is killed.

    Thanks for reading

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    My 2 centavos...
    Details Needed:
    Type of construction...wood frame...steel girder...concrete?
    Weather at the time.
    Type and number of subcontractors on the scene.
    Experience level of the guy killed.
    Who wants him dead?
    What stage is the construction at?
    Where is the site, city, country, shore, small town....?
    Yada yada yada...

    You get the idea. Give us some more details for your scenario that are believeable and I believe we can come up with numerous ways to kill your guy. In fact if you use our ideas we will DEMAND a free autographed copy of you upcoming novel. Of course we'll pay for shipping and handling.

    Good luck.

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    Were you just looking for suggestions for a believable method of death on a construction site or were you looking for more extensive inspiration/insight into the plot?
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Have the engineer doing an inspection of the footing/foundation the excavator operator decides now is the time to back fill.

    Or more creatively, he is inspecting the insulation and inhales too much expanding foam and explodes.

    Improperly grounded electrical panel.

    Falling off a roof.

    Falling through a hole in the floor.

    Poorly connected gas main.

    Chainsaw accident.

    Nail gun accident.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    A co-worker does not fully secure a construction beam, and as a result it starts to fall once it is being moved. Well a person is in the way and gets crushed because his first reaction was to push it back instead of run.

    It happened here this summer at the new Wal*Mart construction site.

    I still like the one where two guys get into a fight, and a guy falls the 4 stories and get impaled onto rebar. The force of his body was enough to break the safety caps.

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    Don't forget the tradition of making the body disappear --
    Buried in a concrete pour
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Quote Originally posted by el Guapo
    My 2 centavos...
    Details Needed:
    Type of construction...wood frame...steel girder...concrete?
    Weather at the time.
    Type and number of subcontractors on the scene.
    Experience level of the guy killed.
    Who wants him dead?
    What stage is the construction at?
    Where is the site, city, country, shore, small town....?
    Yada yada yada...

    You get the idea. Give us some more details for your scenario that are believeable and I believe we can come up with numerous ways to kill your guy. In fact if you use our ideas we will DEMAND a free autographed copy of you upcoming novel. Of course we'll pay for shipping and handling.

    Good luck.
    Type of construction...wood frame...steel girder...concrete?
    Doesn't matter ... erm I don't know
    Weather at the time.
    Doesn't matter
    Type and number of subcontractors on the scene.
    I suppose it would have to be a normal working day... I'm a bit vague on these details
    Experience level of the guy killed.
    He's very experienced and has had his own company for years
    Who wants him dead?
    Himself
    What stage is the construction at?
    About half way I suppose
    Where is the site, city, country, shore, small town....?
    Yada yada yada...
    It's somewhere in London or perhaps just outside

    El Guapo I'll even make sure that I mention Cyburbia on the dedications page

    Perhaps I should have mentioned earlier, that this is in fact a suicide by the Construction Engineer, he thinks that if it looks like an accident then it will cause least pain to his daughter. So that's why the falling timbre from above etc, although much more plausible wouldn't fit with the plot.

    He wants it to look like an accident, occuring through his own negligence.

    At the moment I think I'll go with the elevator and the dodgy electrics. So maybe I should make it rainy? That would be a realistic detail for London...

    Quote Originally posted by JNA
    Don't forget the tradition of making the body disappear --
    Buried in a concrete pour
    That sounds scary JNA

    Quote Originally posted by donk
    Improperly grounded electrical panel.
    .
    I'm also liking this idea
    Last edited by NHPlanner; 03 Dec 2004 at 1:00 PM.

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    Hmmm...suicide, eh? This may border on the ridiculous, but you could adapt an actual event that occured here. This was much after the building was completed - a lawyer was demonstrating to a group of people how sturdy the windows were in a high-rise office by running up and slamming himself into them. On the second or third go it gave way and he plunged to his death. You could say the construction engineer was demonstrating to his client the "quality" of materials being used...

    If it's in London, maybe you could work in something about the recent spate of high-rise office buildings into your story...might provide some tension or a good background/plot line to the story.

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