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Miami Building Collapse Results in Construction Worker Injuries

Aug 31, 2018 | By , on Personal Injury.

When demolition work is performed, it is imperative that all parties involved behave with the utmost care. It is also essential that best practices for safety are followed at all times. Demolition is dangerous work that presents a serious risk of injury and workers and bystanders deserve the maximum protection possible. If something goes wrong and a person involved in or watching the demolition is hurt or killed, the victim or his family should talk with a Miami injury lawyer for advice about pursuing a claim for monetary compensation.

Just recently, a tragic accident illustrated the serious consequences that result when something does go wrong with the demolition process. WSVN reported on the accident, which caused a construction worker to be seriously hurt.

Construction Worker Sustains Injuries In Demolition Gone Wrong

According to WSVN, the demolition that caused injury to a construction worker occurred in Miami Beach. Those who were in charge of overseeing the demolition had requested a permit to implode the building. However, that permit was denied, according to a Miami Beach building official. As a result of the denial, a standard demolition was supposed to take place. A permit had been issued for the standard demolition and just part of the building was supposed to come down.

Instead, something went “terribly wrong,” as the Miami beach mayor said.  The entire building was not intended to collapse, but it did anyway. When the collapse happened, a 46-year-old construction worker was badly injured when the building sent concrete debris flying everywhere. The victim was described by the Miami Beach fire chief as having sustained serious injuries. He was found near the area of the building collapse and had to be transported to a nearby hospital as a trauma alert. He remained in critical condition at the time of the WSVN report. 

The demolition was being conducted by a subcontractor, which did not comment on the incident. A spokesperson for the construction company that had hired the subcontractor to conduct the demolition released a statement indicating that one of the demolition workers was hurt in the demolition process and that his condition was being monitored.

The construction company sent their thoughts and prayers to the victim’s family and insisted that they had followed best practices for safety and were working with investigators who were trying to determine what had gone wrong during what was supposed to be a simple routine demolition.

While a demolition such as the one that occurred in this case can be high-risk, it is far from the only dangerous situation on a construction site. In fact, construction workers face some of the highest workplace fatality rates because of the inherently high-risk nature of their work.

If you are in construction or your loved one works in the trades and an injury or death occurs because of an accident on a construction site, you need to know your rights. A Miami injury lawyer can provide legal representation and advice, so contact an attorney today for help and support.

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