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Multiple Construction Workers Injured During Crane Accident in Miami

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on August 7, 2020

According to preliminary incident reports that were initially filed by Miami Fire Rescue on Wednesday, August 5th, 2020, six members of a construction team were injured after a crane malfunction caused a heavy load of rebar to separate from its hoist and fall onto the unsuspecting crew below – impaling two of the workers in the process.

It started out as just another “day at the office” for a group of construction workers at the site of a future luxurious office tower located at Miami’s Brickell Plaza. It was shortly before noon when 9-1-1 dispatchers started to receive multiple calls reporting a serious construction accident involving multiple workers and injuries. Emergency response teams immediately rushed to their location at 830 Brickell near Ninth Street to discover that six men had been buried in a pile of rubble after a bulk load of rebar fell on them when it accidentally became detached from a crane. Other workers who were onsite at the time of the accident worked feverishly in conjunction with first responders in order to free the injured men as quickly as possible.

Once the construction debris was cut away and removed by local firefighters, EMTs realized that the situation was far worse for two particular workers who, unbeknownst to rescuers at the time, had both been impaled by the falling rebar and had sustained severe injuries to the upper parts of their bodies. After they were individually freed, all of the injured construction workers were then transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, except for one whose injuries were minor and did not require medical assistance.

Although it is unclear as to what caused this crane malfunction, authorities are just glad that no one was killed in the accident. “Today, luckily, we were able to access all the patients, again, our units worked diligently to free the ones who were trapped and hopefully they’ll all be okay today,” Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Pete Sanchez said in an interview with local media outlets.

Civic Construction, G&E Florida Contractors, and Morrow Equipment are all involved in this multi-million dollar construction project which was designed by the world’s most elite architects, and is expected to be the second tallest building in Miami-Dade County. However, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s website, all three companies have been previously cited for violations. An investigation by OSHA is currently ongoing.

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