A 29-year-old construction worker was killed Wednesday after a piece of heavy machinery being hoisted by a crane fell and hit him as he stood on the 37th floor of an Edgewater condo building.
According to reports, the man was working on Biscayne Beach Condos, located at 711 NE 29th St., when a piece of equipment weighing more than 2,000 pounds fell at about 4 p.m.
When rescue workers arrived, the man was dead already dead.
Miami police are investigating the accident.
Construction work is a very dangerous industry. Workers are expected to perform difficult physical labor, sometimes at great heights, and usually with heavy machinery. Any number of accidents can occur on a daily basis on construction sites. In 2012, 183,000 construction workers were injured in job-related accidents in the United States. Another 775 were killed. In fact, each and every year there are more work-related injuries in construction than in most other industries.
OSHA has four categories of construction worker injuries labeled as “the fatal four” due to the fact that they account for nearly 60 percent of construction worker deaths. These four injuries are falls, electrocutions, “struck by object,” and “caught in-between.”
Our Florida Construction Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help injury victims and the families of those killed in accidents recover full and fair compensation to cover medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and more. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a construction accident, contact us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer who can inform you of your legal rights and maximize your compensation.