Sunday, 21. December 2014
07. 06. 14. - 09:47
07. 06. 14. - 09:47
A former lumberjack has found business is booming after he started up a company offering to demolish buildings in his homeland at a cut price - by saving on expensive explosives - and using a jackhammer instead. His latest conquest was this huge water tower, where fearless Viktor Gordievitch, 49, is seen attacking the base of the massive structure - then running for his life once it starts to topple. He said: "I use the same skills in felling a tree, you chop away the right part of the base, and you can make sure it topples just where you want. All I do is apply that strategy to buildings." Other firms said it would take large amounts of explosives, for which a licence and permits were needed, as well as expensive experts to set up controlled detonations to get rid of the eyesore old water tower in the town of Zaslawye, just a few miles away from the Belarus capital Minsk. But one-man-demolition-man-band Viktor said: "I was brought up to appreciate the value of money. I didn't need any help, I told the local suits I'd sort it out for half the price - and I proved it. "I have been doing this job for over 2-and-a-half years. In the video it may seem that the demolition is not controlled, but it is completely secure. I have already demolished 18 constructions like this one and my order books are full." The builder gets all the help he needs from his assistant Oleg Bouharov, 42, who is always at his side. His job - to shout loudly when the building starts to fall and then to run for his life with Viktor when it starts to fall. He went on: "With the so-called professionals it would have cost around 60,000 roubles (1,000 GBP). All I needed was my trusty jackhammer, and a few hours of effort. "I use my own method of demolition, everything is carefully calculated. We didn't have helmets on, and that may seem dangerous, but believe me if the thing goes south, a helmet will not save you." The local police said: "He has done it his way for so long we no longer turn up to keep the crowds safe. He knows what he is doing."
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