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Worker Seriously Injured in Miami Beach Building Collapse

A worker was seriously injured Monday morning when a building set for demolition collapsed in Miami Beach.

Details of the Building Collapse

According to ABC Local 10, the building had a demolition permit but not an implosion permit. The latter is required for demotions in which structures are brought down rapidly by controlled explosions. However, something happened during the controlled demolition that brought the entire building down in one fell swoop.

Authorities say debris from the former Marlborough House condominium building filled the 5700 block of Collins Avenue, and police shut down nearby streets for blocks.

Authorities stated that only one person was hurt during the explosion, 46-year-old Samuel Landis. Landis was rushed to the Jackson Memorial Hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

Witnesses said a piece of debris struck Landis just below the chest, causing him to be thrown back several feet. A witness described the piece of debris as being the size of a car.

Miami Beach Fire Rescue Chief Virgil Fernandez said Allied Bean Demolition, the construction company involved, did a roll call on its employees and everyone has been accounted for. A spokesperson for Allied Bean Demolition said the company is cooperating with the investigation.

Developers had planned to demolish the Marlborough House, built in 1961, to make way for a new 19-story residential tower on the ocean-front property.

Construction Accident Statistics

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

  • 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015. This averages to more than 93 deaths a week or more than 13 deaths every day.
  • Of the 4,379 worker fatalities that occurred in private industry, 937 were associated with construction.
  • The leading causes of construction-related deaths are:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocutions
    • Caught-In/Between

Contact an Experienced Construction Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one sustained a serious injury in a construction accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Accidents that occur on construction sites can cause severe, life-altering injuries, causing physical, emotional, and financial pain. Our experienced construction injury attorneys work diligently to make sure our clients are comfortable and informed throughout the entire process. At Thomas J. Henry, we have a record of achieving real results for our clients.

Let us assist you with your construction accident injury. Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review.


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