A serious construction accident in the Brickell area of Miami sent multiple workers to the hospital on Wednesday morning. The incident occurred at an office building near Brickell Plaza, close to 9th street and next to Mary Brickell Village. Per officials from Miami Fire Rescue, a crane was lifting a load of rebar when it fell on a group of workers.
A spokesperson from the City of Miami confirmed that the workers were attempting to lift concrete slabs to a higher level when the accident occurred.
Officials stated the accident sent at least six workers to the hospital. Three were able to free themselves from the pile of debris while rescuers had to release a fourth who was trapped. Two more workers were impaled by the rebar, requiring responders to work quickly to assist them. Their condition is currently unknown.
"Today, luckily, we were able to access all the patients, again, our units worked diligently to be free the ones who were trapped and hopefully they'll all be okay today," Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Pete Sanchez told the media.
Investigators have yet to determine what caused the rebar to fall. Each injured individual was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where NBC reported their conditions as being from serious to critical.
Officials from OSHA and the Building Department have been called to investigate the incident.
"We have the building department on the scene, we have police on the scene and the event engineer to determine what it is that happened today that caused this accident," Sanchez said.