Orlando Construction Accident Claims the Life of a Virgin Trains Worker
According to the preliminary incident reports from the Orlando Fire Department, two workers were attempting to remove unwanted debris and excess water from the new Virgin Trains construction site on the morning of June 25th, 2020. When suddenly, and without warning, they were rushed away by rising waters into a nearby drainage area. One man was fatally injured, while the other was immediately transported by ambulance for medical treatment.
It was shortly after 11 a.m. this past Thursday when 33-year-old Marcus Green and one other worker arrived at the Virgin Trains work site near State Road 528 to assess the damage of a previous thunderstorm that had passed through the Orlando area the evening before. After taking stock of the situation, the men began the tedious process of removing standing water that had accumulated overnight near an inlet. A spokesman for the Orlando Fire Department indicated that the workers were operating inside an overflow drain when they were both overcome by a flood of rushing water, which swept them away and trapped them under a highway near the construction site.
Emergency response teams with the Orlando Fire Department’s Special Operations Unit arrived at the accident within minutes, and worked quickly to rescue the workers, as time is always a factor when faced with a potential drowning incident. Although both men were able to be freed, the injuries sustained by Mr. Green proved to be too great, and he passed away at the scene. The other individual, who has yet to be named, has already been treated for his injuries and released from the hospital.
Employed by Granite Construction, the men had been working on the multi-billion dollar railway which would eventually connect Orlando to West Palm Beach through a high-speed train system. The massive 170-mile project, which started back in January of this year, is slated to be finished sometime in 2022.
As with all construction accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will be conducting their own formal investigation.
Since 1977, Orlando construction accident attorney James O. Cunningham has been fighting for the rights of workplace injury victims with the utmost care and compassion. If you would like to schedule a free 30-minute case evaluation, please contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY.
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