Construction Worker Killed, Three Others Injured in Scaffolding Collapse


construction worker in protective gear standing in front of construction scaffolding

According to WSVN, a scaffolding collapse at a building on Hollywood Beach in Hollywood, Florida, left one construction worker dead and three others injured.

OSHA Investigating Accident

Workers for the contracting firm John Moriarty and Associates worked on the Hyde Resort and Residencies at around 1:30 p.m. local time on Monday. Police say the workers were painting a mural on the side of the building when the accident occurred.

Scaffolding set 40 feet up the south end of the building collapsed, leaving the men hanging on for life from their harnesses. Sadly, one of the workers fell to his death.

The other three workers received help from fire rescue crews and managed to lower them safely to the ground. Two of the workers sustained only minor injuries and received treatment at the scene. The third surviving worker suffered serious injuries and is receiving treatment at Memorial Regional Hospital in critical condition.

Last week, a separate fatal construction accident occurred when scaffolding collapsed off a 60-story condo in the Brickell area, causing a man to die from a cardiac episode as he fled the debris.

In addition to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Hollywood Fire Inspectors and police department are investigating the incident.

On The Job Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by OSHA:

  • 4,821 workers died on the job in 2014.
    • One in five worker deaths in 2014 were in the construction industry.
  • Fatal falls accounted for 359 construction worker fatalities in 2014. The “Fatal Four” leading causes of private sector worker deaths are:
    • Falls – 359 out of 899 total deaths in construction in 2014 (39.9%)
    • Electrocutions – 74 (8.2%)
    • Struck by Object – 73 (8.1%)
    • Caught-in/between – 39 (4.3%)

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