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3 Killed As Construction Accident Shuts Down Key Largo Neighborhood Monday Morning

According to a news report by NBC Miami, three construction workers were killed at a construction site in Key Largo Monday morning.

Details of the Fatal Construction Accident

Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies determined that the workers became trapped when they went underneath a newly paved road to see why it was settling.

The three workers were identified as Elway Gray, Louis O’Keefe, and Robert Wilson. Leonardo Moreno, a volunteer firefighter, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami as a result of his attempt to try and help rescue the three workers.

Two deputies were also taken to the hospital for observation for precautionary health measures. Homes in the area were also evacuated as a precautionary measure in order to bring in HAZMAT teams from Miami-Dade County for help.

Sheriff’s office officials are still trying to determine the cause of death for the three workers, but believe that it was a likely a combination of methane and hydrogen sulfite that caused their deaths.

Linda Seymour, a witness to the incident, said, “It’s horrific, I wouldn’t want to see this no matter where I was at. I feel bad for the workers and families that had to go through it”.

The incident remains under investigation.

Construction Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,821 workers were killed on the job in 2014 – this averages to more than 92 deaths a week or more than 13 deaths each day.
  • Of those killed on the job in 2014, 4,386 were employed in private industry and 899 worked in construction.
  • Among the leading causes of death at construction accidents were:
    • Falls
    • Electrocutions
    • Struck by Object
    • Caught-in/between

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