Friday, June 2, 2017

2 scissor lifts fell over at a Northwest Miami-Dade construction site managed by Brasfield & Gorrie, critically injuring 3 workers

Cranes Collapse, Injure 3 Workers At Dade Construction Site 

June 1, 2017 12:07 PM

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Three workers were injured Thursday morning while on the job at a construction site in northwest Miami-Dade county.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue was called out shortly after 10 a.m. regarding a construction accident where two cranes failed for some unknown reason and then fell.

Rescue workers are at the site located near NW 57th Avenue and Blue Lagoon Drive.

Chopper4 was over the scene where three people were being treated on backboards at a building under construction.

The workers were loaded onto the fire ladder and lowered down to the ground then taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital. Their condition is unknown at this time.

It’s unknown whether the workers were on the crane or near the crane at the time of the incident.

There are a lot of office buildings in the area and workers were out watching the scene unfold.

“It was crazy. There was a big accident. The things just fell. Oh my gosh. I was so worried. I am so happy that it wasn’t serious. It could have really gotten bad,” said Lisa Daniels who watched the rescue.


2 crane lifts fall, injure 3 at NWMD construction site

Jessica Holly

NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Rescue crews took three construction workers to the hospital after, officials said, two scissor lifts fell over at a Northwest Miami-Dade construction site, critically injuring them.

7SkyForce HD was over the scene, near 1200 NW 57th Ave., where fire rescue officials were seen treating the workers, seen lying on stretchers.

The workers were on the fourth floor when the heavy equipment toppled on top of the building, Thursday, at around 10 a.m. Officials said all three victims sustained serious trauma.

“When our units arrived, we had three patients that were on the fourth-floor level of the construction site,” said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Capt. Roman Bas. “All three patients were in critical condition.”

A fellow construction worker at the site immediately felt something had gone terribly wrong. “I was in the other crane, and I felt the crane shake,” he said. “When the crane shook, I felt something happen to my crane, but it was another crane that tipped over a couple of scissor lifts.”

A man working nearby, who declined to speak on camera, said he witnessed the crash. He said a crane hoisting a large concrete wall bumped into the lifts and knocked them over. He added that he heard the men on those lifts screaming.

Bas said that safely removing the workers proved challenging. “The biggest challenges that we faced is that it is a construction site,” he said, “so we didn’t have an elevator, nor did we have a proper stairwell that we were able to bring those workers down from the fourth floor.”

Crews had to use a platform truck to carry out the rescue, working for an hour to bring the men down to waiting emergency vehicles. “We chose to bring in our 100-foot platform truck and put the patients in a basket, stabilize them, put them on our hydraulic aerial platform and bring them down to the ground,” said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief George Mira.

Paramedics transported two of the workers to Jackson Memorial Hospital and the third victim to Kendall Regional Medical Center.

The incident remains under investigation. “We brought on the investigation with the local law enforcement and OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration],” said Bas.

The construction company working on the site is Brasfield & Gorrie. They have not replied to 7News’ calls for a statement.

3 injured in northwest Miami-Dade construction accident

Scissor lifts apparently topple over at construction site

By Peter Burke - Managing Editor , Terrell Forney - Reporter Posted: 10:33 AM, June 01, 2017 Updated: 5:46 PM, June 01, 2017

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - Three workers were injured Thursday morning in a construction accident in northwest Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Felipe Lay said.

Sky 10 was above the scene as the workers were laid out on stretchers at a construction site on Northwest 57th Avenue.

Two scissor lifts were on their side and appeared to have toppled over.

Rescuers used a ladder truck to lower each worker to the ground from the fourth floor of the building under construction, which took a little more than an hour.

"We evaluate our options on how we're going to get them back to grade," Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Jeff Strickland said. "This one we chose to bring in our 100-foot platform truck and put the patients in a stokes basket, stabilized them, put them on our aerial hydraulic platform and brought them down to the ground."

Two of the workers were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center. A third worker was taken to Kendall Regional Medical Center. All three were considered trauma alerts, but their injuries were not immediately known.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

"Our top corporate value is the safety and well-being of all employees working on our project sites. Brasfield & Gorrie is diligently working with local authorities to assess the situation that occurred this morning, in which three workers were injured when two scissor lifts fell," the company said in a statement to Local 10 News. "The injured workers were employed by our subcontractors, who are also participating in the investigation. We are relieved that the subcontractor employees are all reported to be in stable condition, but we will continue to monitor their progress and keep them and their families in our prayers."

One of the subcontractors is Central Florida Equipment.  Here is what they wrote at their web pages:

800 Waterford — Miami

  • Date:  November 2015 – April 2017
  • Contract Amount:  $1.7M
  • Owner:  WRC Properties, LLC
  • General Contractor:  Brasfield & Gorrie, Inc.
Central Florida Equipment
Scope of work: Project highlights include the building pad construction, underground utilities, parking lot paving and roadway, curbing and walks, and striping and signage.