A scaffolding collapse accident at a Brickell Avenue construction site on Wednesday led to the death of one man and injured five others. Miami Fire Rescue officials told news sources that the accident happened at a 60-floor luxury condominium called Echo Brickell near Southeast 14th Lane in Miami, Florida.
Video footage taken by witnesses shows debris and construction materials falling out of the building down to the road below, heavily damaging a parked car. A woman was reportedly in the car when the flying debris fell. She was pulled out from the passenger side of the vehicle by people who worked nearby.
Officials said a 50-year-old man died from a heart attack as he was running from the scene of the accident. Five others, including two construction workers, were injured and taken to a hospital. News sources said two of the five have already been treated and released.
One of the injured construction workers was identified by a family member at the hospital as Quincy Williams. The relative told news sources that Williams, 34, was wounded on the head by falling debris despite wearing a helmet.
The condominium’s developer, Property Markets Groups (PGM), released a statement saying it’s working with city officials to understand what happened. PGM expressed its deepest condolences to the family of the man who died and informed news sources that the people who were injured have been released from the hospital.
The cause of the accident has not been determined, but PGM said “the site has been secured and is currently being reinspected to ensure proper safety measures are in place.”