Miami, Florida, authorities are investigating the workplace fatality of a security guard who was crushed by a falling gate at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition Center Monday, Aug. 7.
Miami-Dade police spokeswoman Robin Pinkard told the Miami Herald that the security guard appeared to have been killed while he was closing a gate after opening it to let a vehicle through the front entrance to the fairgrounds property.
Another worker found the guard’s body about 6:20 a.m. and called the police. The guard was dead at the scene. Coworkers told WSVN Channel 7 Miami that the employee who discovered the guard’s body was extremely distraught.
The incident remains under investigation, but authorities do not suspect anything other than an accidental gate malfunction caused the worker’s death. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) typically also gets involved in the investigations of workplace fatalities.
“We are saddened by the death of our longtime employee from an apparent workplace accident,” a representative of the Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition Center said in a statement. “We are cooperating with police, who are conducting a thorough investigation.”
According to the Miami Herald, the worker’s death was the second workplace fatality in as many years to occur on the fairground property. In April 2016, a maintenance worker employed by one of the companies operating the carnival rides was killed just minutes before the fair opened for the day.
The 23-year-old man reportedly became pinned on the Hurricane, a 28-ton ride manufactured by KMG, the Netherlands-based ride manufacturer that supplies rides for carnivals and fairs throughout the U.S. and the world, including the Fire Ball ride that malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair in July, killing one person and injuring several others.