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Officials Probe Deadly Collision at FL Jobsite

Friday, February 10, 2017

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Federal workplace safety authorities are investigating after one construction worker was killed and another one injured when a rail car collided with an elevated bucket boom Wednesday (Feb. 8) at a construction site in Miami.

Officials said Oscar Cabrera, 43, and Luis Perez, 37, were both in a bucket boom working on a downtown construction project when the collision occurred at about 1 a.m., according to local reports.

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The incident happened at the site of the MiamiCentral project, which brings a new transit hub, offices, residences and retail to downtown.

Both of the workers were ejected from the equipment. No passengers were in the Metromover rail car at the time of the incident, reports note.

Fatal Incident

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration as well as the Miami-Dade Police Department and transit authorities are investigating the cause of the collision.

A Miami Department of Fire Rescue official told television stations that one of the workers was left dangling from a safety harness and one was lying on the ground following the incident. Both men were wearing safety gear, reports relate.

“We understand that fellow co-workers came to the aid to assist one of them that was pretty much dangling up on one of the construction site areas, and the other one that was already on the ground,” Capt. Ignatius Carroll Jr. told reporters.

The workers were taken to a nearby hospital, where Cabrera was later pronounced dead. Perez was treated and released; reports do not indicate the types of injuries he suffered.

Contractors’ Statements

Cabrera and Perez were employees of Baker Concrete Construction Inc., a subcontractor of Suffolk Construction, the general contractor working on the expansive All Aboard Florida Project called MiamiCentral, which includes rail services, a nine-acre transit hub and towers for offices, residences and retail.

“We learned of this terribly sad incident early this morning, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two individuals involved,” Suffolk Construction spokesperson Kim Vaughan said in a statement provided to Local 10 News. Vaughan noted the company is working closely with those entities probing the incident.

Baker Concrete Construction issued a similar statement of condolence, noting that Cabrera was a “teammate to all and a good friend to many.”

Suffolk does not appear to have any recent violations according to a review of OSHA’s database. Baker Concrete Construction was cited in December 2015 for two alleged serious violations, including rigging equipment hazards, at a jobsite in Florida, OSHA records show. The company informally settled the case paying a $9,800 fine, reduced from the $14,000 fine initially proposed.

   

Tagged categories: Accidents; Commercial Construction; Contractors; Health and safety; Safety; Subcontractors

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