Beam Kills 1 Construction Worker and Injures Another on Freeway

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ORLANDO, FL. – A construction worker was killed and another was injured Saturday after an incident at an I-4 Ultimate construction site.

News 6 reports that the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. by Lake Lucerne in downtown Orlando, according to SGL Constructors. Investigators had the site taped off by Sylvia Lane and sifted through the area for about three hours.

Officials said that a beam slipped off a piece of equipment and struck two SGL construction workers.

According to officials, one worker was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified Monday as Ulises J. Corrales Ibarra. The other construction worker was transported to a hospital for a non-life-threatening head injury.

All operations across the 21-mile project site have been suspended with the exception of emergency maintenance.

According to the Orlando Weekly, FDOT says no girder erection or installation will be performed on the project “until this investigation progresses substantially and the root causes of Saturday’s incident can be understood.” 

OSHA, SGL safety and OPD are investigating the accident.

The death marks the fifth fatality since the $2.3 billion, 21-mile project began in 2015.