On December 5, 2022, a crane collapsed on Southbound I-95 in Broward County, killing Joseph Bien Aime, a 46-year-old construction worker. Mr. Bien Aime’s family retained our firm and Brumer & Brumer to represent them in a wrongful death suit against those responsible.
“This Tragedy Never Should Have Happened,” Says OSHA Director
As reported by NBC, this week, OSHA released a statement indicating it had cited the contractor in charge of the site for various violations of industry standards and federally required safety measures.
“This tragedy never should have happened. A worker lost his life and a co-worker suffered life-altering injuries because The de Moya Group failed to follow industry-recognized and federally required safety measures,” said Condell Eastmond, OSHA Area Office Director. “Employers should use this tragic incident as a reminder to review their workplace safety practices and give their workers every opportunity to return to their families at the end of each workday safely.”
The Cause of the Crane Collapse
Based on our ongoing investigation the contractor and various individuals involved in the construction failed to take proper safety precautions with respect to the stability of the soil underneath the crane. What appears to have been cost-cutting measures left the crane unsupported, eventually leading to its collapse causing our client’s death and another worker’s injuries.
While we are encouraged that OSHA is holding wrongdoers accountable, we will continue to seek justice on behalf of the Bien Aime family in the civil justice system.