According to the Haines City Police Department, the collapse occurred just after 10 a.m. on January 17 at the site of a retail center near the intersection of Davenport Boulevard and U.S. 27. The construction worker who was killed was identified as 49-year-old Martin Loera of Bartow.
A new state study conducted in Richmond, Virginia, found that the state’s workers’ compensation system unfairly blocks firefighters and public safety employees from receiving the health benefits they deserve for the diseases and injuries they suffer because of their jobs.
The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) recommended the state consider changing the law to add two forms of cancer—brain and testicular cancer—to its list of diseases presumed to have been caused by chemicals firefighters are exposed to when fighting fires. The report also recommends the addition of colon cancer, even though current studies are less conclusive on its link to work-related exposure.
According to Hallandale Beach police, the incident occurred just before 7:30 a.m. on November 15 at a construction site on North Federal Highway and Pembroke Road, near the Big Easy Casino. A 41-year-old FLP worker was working on a power line when he was electrocuted. The worker’s name has not yet been released to the public.
According to the Orange County Fire Rescue, the incident occurred at approximately 10 a.m. November 4 at a warehouse at the 6400 block of Pinecastle Boulevard, south of Orlando.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred before noon on October 25 at the intersection of North Kernan Boulevard and Running River Road.