It is not clear whether or not any injuries were sustained this past Monday when an unnamed construction worker operating a large piece of equipment on the I-4 Ultimate Project in Altamonte Springs struck a gas pipe lying underneath the ground affected during the expansion of the major traffic artery. Reports indicate that the incident happened before the rush-hour commute began, and the subsequent lane closures caused massive disruptions along the I-4 route.
Numerous lane closures created massive traffic snarls in the Orlando area this past Tuesday after a semi-truck hauling cinder blocks overturned, scattering the contents of their trailer across the road and sending several people to a nearby hospital. According to the Florida Highway Patrol’s report, the incident happened along State Road 417, close to where this road intersects with State Road 408.
On Tuesday, May 1st, a 72-year-old man was operating a paving machine at a construction site when something happened to cause him to fall from the vehicle. According to reports from police within Volusia County, the location of the incident is the future home of a medical complex that will stand along Harley Strickland Boulevard and service people in Volusia County and the surrounding area.
New developments from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration have surfaced regarding a fatal scaffolding collapse accident in Miami Gardens which tragically claimed the lives of three men last September, after the gin pole rigging device that was attached to a 1000 ft. television tower failed, causing them to fall to their death below.
An employee with Shelby Erectors was working on the I-4 Ultimate project, near to a cap cage on Thursday, March 8th, when something happened to cause the cage to collapse on top of the man. Cap cages are structures made entirely out of rebar that are used as frames onto which wood is attached, creating a mould where concrete is then poured. The one that collapsed this past Thursday was located on an on-ramp leading to the westbound lanes of South Street, close to the Amway Center.
A little over a week ago, a crane operator was operating a large crane close to State Road 408, where Anderson Street and Division Avenue intersect, when something happened to cause the crane to collapse. According to the SGL, the company that owned the crane and employed the crane operator, the 300-ton piece of equipment was part of the high-profile I-4 Ultimate Project which is aimed at improving the traffic artery along Interstate 4 that has been such a nuisance for drivers in the past.
An electric plant at Apollo Beach was the site of a terrible accident several weeks ago that left two people dead and numerous others in critical condition. According to the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, firefighters were alerted to the incident on the afternoon of June 29th. The emergency call took the rescue teams to the Tampa Electric Company where employees had been in the process of cleaning a slag tank. According to a spokesperson for the Tampa Electric Company, the initial explosion took place inside of a coal-fired power generator. The slag tank is where the burnt coal is dumped after it gets consumed by the generator. It is not known whether or not the generator was supposed to be operating at the time of the explosion.
Bruce Edward Stephenson Jr. was driving a forklift carrying several stacked pallets of mushrooms at around 10:25 on Monday evening when the pallets began to sway. The 45-year-old Tavares resident working at the Zellwood location of Monterey Mushrooms Inc. at the time. When he saw the sawing pallets, Stephenson lept from the forklift and tried to run away, but the load collapsed on him before he could escape.
An investigation by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration into the death of a Tecta America Southeast employee ended this past week. OSHA cited the building contractor on four counts of safety violations, totaling $63,900. Officials believe that serious safety hazards present on Tecta job sites must be addressed in an effort to keep employees from harm while on the job.
Two people were killed on Tuesday, February 16th in what appears to be a freak accident in Palm Coast, Florida, where a man and woman were run over by a dump truck. It happened at a construction site on Forest Grove Driver and Palm Harbor Parkway where moments before the accident, the dump truck driver had stopped to help the victims.