A construction worker died after falling about 12 feet and suffering impalement injuries at a downtown Miami Beach construction site Dec. 17.
Authorities did not identify the 35-year-old construction worker but said he was a mason employed by the New Jersey-based Rinaldi Group, a general contractor with operations in New Jersey, New York, Florida and Arizona.
Miami Beach Fire Rescue reported that the accident occurred about 9 a.m. when the construction worker fell backward from the third-story level where he was working to the second story and became impaled on two pieces of reinforcing bar.
Miami Beach Fire Department Division Chief Jorge Linares told the Miami Patch that rescuers “had to extricate him with [their] Jaws of Life and power tools” from the rebar, which went through the left side of his body.
“He fell on two pieces of rebar,” construction worker Alex Stinson told ABC Miami’s Local 10 News. “He never hit the ground.”
The construction worker was taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he died later that day, the Miami Herald reported.
Regional investigators from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will probe the circumstances of the construction worker’s death and determine whether they were the result of any work-related safety deficiencies.
The Rinaldi Group’s website says it is working on a multi-building project framed by Washington Avenue, Park Avenue, 20th and 21st Streets, according to the Miami Herald. The construction company has paid penalties to OSHA in the past five years for safety violations for employee protection violations and other general safety and health violations.