5 workers at a Miami construction were hospitalized yesterday, after a crane carrying a heavy load of rebar suddenly malfunctioned and fell toward the ground, causing the steel bars to impale two of the workers. Their condition is listed as critical.
Fox News reports that emergency crews were able to free the trapped workers by using large tools to cut through the steel. The injured workers were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.
At least three other workers were able to free themselves. Another was removed from the pile of rebar following the arrival of Miami Fire and Rescue.
The agency has called the incident a “partial building collapse”.
The accident occurred around noon at an office tower project in the area of Brickell Plaza, which was under construction and is set to become the second tallest building in Miami-Dade County, according to the Miami Herald. The development, titled 830 Brickell, is situated in the heart of the city’s downtown.
Civic Construction later released a statement saying five of its workers had been injured and were all “conscious” at the hospital. The company said a sixth employee was treated at the scene and released.