Worker hurt when wall collapses at Florida construction site

A 25-year-old man was injured when a rebar wall fell on him at Brickell City Centre construction site in Miami on Oct. 31. The accident occurred on the 29th floor of the structure.

According to authorities, the man was working next to the wall around 7 a.m. when he noticed it was unstable. He tried to get out of the way, but the rebar came down on his head, striking his safety helmet.

Rescuers could only get as far as the 25th floor on the building’s elevator, so they climbed the last four floors on ladders in order to reach the man. They secured him in a Stokes basket and used a crane to lower him to the ground. He was taken to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was later listed in stable condition. It is unknown what caused the wall to collapse.

The Brickell City Centre, which will be a four million square foot mega mall, has been the subject of controversy. A local business owner has sued the project’s developer, Swire Properties, claiming several heavy construction items have fallen on or near his business, endangering him and his customers. Another man said a chunk of concrete fell on his car as he drove past the site.

In Florida, any worker who is injured on the job may file a workers’ compensation claim regardless of who was at fault. Someone who is hurt in a construction site accident, such as by a tumbling wall or a ladder fall, may wish to meet with an attorney. A lawyer could streamline the workers’ compensation claims process and secure benefits the worker needs to help cover medical expenses and lost wages.

Source: WHDH.com, “Construction worker injured in accident on Brickell,” Oct. 31, 2014

SourceNBC Miami, “Construction Worker Injured on top of Brickell Building“, Cherine Akbari and Willard Shepard, October 31, 2014