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Miami Beach Condo Collapses, Injures 1

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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A vacant Miami Beach condominium that was slated for demolition came crashing down Monday morning injuring one construction worker, officials say.

Debris from the former Marlborough House shut down nearby roads, and although only one injury was reported, police were still using cadaver and rescue dogs in the rubble as late as Monday afternoon. The victim, identified as a project manager on the demolition, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

What Happened

According to the Miami Herald, the 13-floor building was constructed in 1963 and was recently bought by developer Jose Isaac Peres (founder of Multiplan Real Estate Asset Management), who is planning a new 19-story tower for the lot. Reports indicate that Peres filed for an implosion permit in August 2017 and was denied. Peres filed a regular demolition permit days later, which was granted in April.

Mayor Dan Gelber went on record to say that Miami Beach typically doesn’t allow implosions, though some are questioning if implosion tactics were used anyway based on the collapse of the building.

Miami’s CBS affiliate spoke with witnesses who said the injured construction worker was struck with falling debris. Onlookers also noted that little-to-no warning was given to residents.

“The only time they said something to us was when they said put something over your nose to avoid debris and smoke,” said neighbor Rodolfo Pages. “The building collapsed towards Collins Avenue and debris started flying towards us.”

The collapse reportedly did not impact any other buildings and by Monday afternoon at least one section of roadway had reopened.

Multiplan confirmed that the building was in the process of being demolished by the general contractor Winmar Construction Inc., and referred any questions to that company.

Winmar Construction president Luis Leon released a statement late Monday afternoon, which read:

“Demolition was conducted by Winmar’s subcontractor, Allied Bean Demolition, who was responsible for performing all of the project’s demolition work. Unfortunately, during the demolition, one of the Allied project managers was injured and was transported to the hospital for treatment. We continue to monitor his condition and our thoughts and prayers go out to Allied’s project manager and his family during this difficult time. Safety remains the top priority for Winmar on all of its projects and we adhere to all safety protocols to ensure every precaution is taken. We are working closely with City officials and industry agencies to understand what happened during Allied’s demolition of the structure.”

Leon then referred additional questions to Allied, which has refused to comment.

Winmar, which is based in Washington, D.C., with a branch in Miami, has had five violations with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration over the past five years—four of them labeled as “serious.” Allied has no violations over the past five years on record.

Television station WSVN has confirmed that investigators are looking into the incident.

 

 

   

Tagged categories: Accidents; Condominiums/High-Rise Residential; Demolition; Health and safety; OSHA; Safety

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