One Dead, One Injured in Construction Accident Involving Metrorail Car

construction worker in protective gear holding a hard hat in front of scaffolding and crane at a construction work site

According to WPLG, one construction worker was killed and another injured on the job after their crane is struck by a Metromover rail car in Miami, Florida, early Wednesday morning.

About the Deadly Construction Accident

Two construction workers were inside the bucket of a boom crane at a work site on Northwest 1st Avenue and Northwest 5th Street when the fatal work accident occurred. At around 1 a.m. local time, a Metrorail car struck the elevated boom of the crane, ejecting both men from the bucket.

Both construction workers were wearing safety equipment, reports WPLG, and one of the workers was left dangling from his harness. However, the second construction worker fell to the ground below. The workers were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, and the worker who fell, 43-year-old Oscar Cabrera, was pronounced dead.

WPLG reports that the other worker, Luis Perez, was treated and released. There were no passengers on board the Metromover rail car when it collided with the crane. The route will be closed on Wednesday morning. Miami-Dade police, County Transit, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the fatal work accident.

On the Job Accident Statistics

The following information regarding fatal workplace accidents is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

  • A total of 4,836 people sustained fatal workplace injuries in 2015, the highest total since 2008.
  • 937 workers in the private construction industry suffered fatal work injuries in 2015.
  • 800 people sustained fatal workplace injuries in 2015 due to a fall, slip, or trip.
  • Transportation incidents were to blame for 2,054 fatal occupational injuries in 2015 — the leading cause of workplace deaths.

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