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Construction Worker Killed in Fall from Miami Condo


construction worker with safety gear on in trench

According to Local10, a construction worker was killed on the job after falling off the scaffolding at an under-construction condominium in Miami Beach, Florida, on Friday morning.

Fatal Workplace Accident under OSHA Investigation

Alvaro Navarro, 50, was working on scaffolding on the third floor of the Decoplage condominium building at 100 Lincoln Road when the workplace fatality occurred. Police say the man fell three stories off of the scaffolding to the ground.

Local10 reports that the worker was critically injured in the fall and was immediately taken to Ryder Trauma Center. Unfortunately, Navarro would later die from his injuries.

Officials are unsure what caused the man to fall from the structure, reports Local10. The investigation has been taken over by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Work at the building was put on hold while OSHA investigated the fatal incident.

Navarro was employed by Coast to Coast General Contractors, according to Local10. The company is working with state and federal investigators to determine the cause of the accident.

Workplace Injury Statistics

The following information is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

  • 4,836 workers sustained fatal injuries on the job in 2015.
    • 937 of these fatalities occurred in the private construction industry – the highest total since 2008.
  • In 2015, 17 percent of decedents were contracted by and performing work for another business or government entity rather than for their direct employer at the time of the fatality.
  • Fatal falls to a lower level accounted for nearly 40 percent of fatal work injuries in the private construction industry in 2015.

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