Condo Construction Accident Kills 1
Federal workplace safety regulators have opened an investigation after one person was killed and several others were injured Wednesday (Oct. 19) evening when building materials rained from the top floor of a high-rise construction project in Miami, according to authorities.
Formwork and scaffolding debris landed on the busy street and sidewalk below the Echo Brickell condo tower under construction. A 50-year-old bystander suffered a heart attack as he was fleeing from the scene, reports relate. He later died at a hospital, officials said. As of Friday (Oct. 21) morning, authorities had not identified the man.
At least five others were injured, including two construction workers. Their injuries were minor, according to Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado.
The falling materials reportedly damaged a car, trapping a woman inside, and the debris forced the Miami Police Department to close nearby streets. Streets reopened Thursday morning, as the structural safety of the building was assessed.
"I see all this debris coming flying down and everybody inside the pool area at the Four Seasons Hotel were scattered around," witness Michael Jacobs told a local NBC television station.
Manager Offers Details
Miami City Manager Daniel Alfonso told The Miami Herald Thursday that the structure that fell was “cantilevered scaffolding that hangs out over the edge of the high-rise.”
He said workers “had been loading and unloading equipment onto the platform using a crane and the temporary structure either became stressed or took on too much weight,” the report said.
The project’s developer, Property Markets Group, told reporters it was investigating the situation, along with its general contractor (John Moriarty & Associates of Florida) and city officials to understand what happened with the formwork connection.
The company also offered condolences to the family of the gentlemen who passed away.
“The site has been secured and is currently being re-inspected to ensure proper safety measures are in place,” PMG told media outlets.
When complete, the Echo Brickell will reach 57 stories and feature 180 luxury condos.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it had opened a case into the incident. The general contractor does not have any recent OSHA cases, according to the agency's database.