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One Dead, Six Wounded after Building Scaffolding Falls into Street


construction workers sitting on top of metal beams at work site

According to the Miami Herald, a man in his 50s died and several others injured after scaffolding plummeted from the top floor of a condo under construction in Miami, Florida.

OSHA Investigating Construction Mishap

On Thursday morning, construction workers at Echo Brickell, a 50-story luxury condo, were loading equipment onto scaffolding that hung over the building on 1451 Brickell Avenue.

According to investigators, the scaffolding structure either became too stressed or had too much weight loaded when it collapsed. The scaffolding brought loads of glass, metal, and wood raining down on the street and sidewalk below.

The Miami Herald reports that a man suffered a cardiac episode while trying to avoid the shower of debris. The man received treatment at a hospital but did not survive.

Six other people, including a woman in a car, sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Four received treatment at a local hospital and were released without significant injuries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched an investigation into the fatal construction accident. According to the Miami Herald, no citation has been issued to the construction company yet.

On The Job Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by OSHA.

  • 4,821 workers died on the job in 2014.
    • On average, more than 92 a week or more than 13 deaths every day.
    • Worker deaths in America are down on average, from about 38 worker deaths a day in 1970 to 13 a day in 2014.
  • Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2014.
  • One in five worker deaths in 2014 were in the construction industry.

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