Earlier today, a devastating incident unfolded in Miami when a 200-foot crane collapsed at the HCA Florida Mercy Hospital campus in Coconut Grove, resulting in one fatality and four injuries. City of Miami officials confirmed during a press conference that no hospital patients were harmed or disrupted by the accident.
The crane, which was carrying heavy renovation equipment, toppled over, causing the load to fall on people below and inflicting injuries on four individuals. Authorities have identified the deceased as a construction worker. Of the injured, two were transported to Mercy Hospital in stable condition, while the other two were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in serious but stable condition. An HCA spokesperson informed NBC6 that the construction project, which commenced in late 2022 to replace air handlers, did not impact any clinical operations. However, as a precaution, patients in the labor and delivery ward were relocated.
Crane Collapses: A Recurring Problem in South Florida
Unfortunately, this is nothing new. The South Florida skyline is littered with cranes. The massive development and construction often lead to dangerous conditions like what we saw earlier today.
And while OSHA investigates and issues citations to ensure workplace safety standards are being upheld, that does nothing to compensate the victims. For that, they will need to turn to the civil justice system.
Our firm, Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, P.A., has represented victims of crane collapses, bridge collapses, defective machinery, and a variety of other construction accidents. We hire our own experts and perform our own investigations. Ultimately, we make sure that when someone is catastrophically injured or killed due to reckless construction practices, they are held accountable. If you or a loved one has been impacted by this incident or a similar one, we encourage you to reach out to us for a complimentary consultation. Call (305) 770-6335.