Tragically, one death and multiple injuries occurred early Wednesday afternoon following a construction accident at a luxury Miami high-rise building. According to authorities, the incident occurred when scaffolding collapsed at the Echo Brickell building, a 60-story condominium near Southeast 14th Lane and Brickell Avenue.
As a result of the collapse, scaffolding and debris plummeted onto the street below, causing general chaos and damage to nearby property. At least five people, including two construction workers, were wounded as a result of the incident. Witnesses state several of the victims had serious visible injuries, and a 50-year-old man has died as a result of the collapse. Officials from Miami Fire Rescue report the man suffered a heart attack as he was running from falling debris.
The incident was a traumatic and frightening experience for all involved. As investigations into the underlying cause continue, officials will be on the lookout for potential hazards and violations that could have contributed to the accident. As Attorney Gregory d’Incelli notes:
"Construction and worksite accidents are almost always preventable. Too often, a failure to follow procedures and safety requirements results in grave injury or death."
Attorney d’Incelli and our legal team have extensive experience representing victims harmed in construction accidents. Over the years, we have seen how failures to abide by safety standards can lead to preventable and tragic consequences. When this is the case, our attorneys work with victims and their families to hold at-fault parties, including construction companies, liable for the damages victims suffer.
Our team at Freidin Brown, P.A. hopes investigations determine the cause of Wednesday’s incident in order to help victims begin their legal journey toward compensation, and to prevent similar events from happening in the future. As always, we are here to assist anyone who would like to learn more about their rights and the personal injury claim process following a construction accident.
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