Construction Halts I-4 Ultimate Project After Tragic Worker Death in Orlando, Florida
ORLANDO, FL – According to online news reports at mynews13.com and wftv.com, the “I-4 Ultimate” construction project has come to a halt following the death of a worker and injuries sustained by another worker after a beam fell and struck them. This accident represents the third incident of worker injuries for the month of September.*
The accident occurred in the evening close to America Street and Sylvia Lane, according to local authorities. Per the Orlando Police Department, a beam fell off of a piece of equipment and hit two employees of SGL Constructors, which is the company that has been contracted to work on the I-4 Ultimate project.
One worker, a man, aged 37, was killed after being struck by the beam. Another worker, a male whose age has not been reported, sustained a head injury and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. His injuries are reported as not being life-threatening.
One worker was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other worker was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center for a head injury, authorities said. Authorities described his injuries at the time as not life-threatening.
"At this time, our focus is on supporting our employees and the affected families as we deal with this tragic event. An investigation of the cause of the accident is underway in conjunction with the local authorities. Work along the 21-mile project remains suspended with the exception of emergency maintenance operations," SGL Constructor said in a statement.
As stated above, work along the project, which spans 21 miles, currently remains at a standstill earlier this week except for safety patrols and emergency maintenance that is being conducted at the accident scene. Crews are examining work conditions, safety plans, jobs site safety and procedures before resuming the project, as noted by the Florida Department of Transportation in a press release.
There are no further details on the accident at this time. The incident remains under investigation.
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Source:https://www.mynews13.com/fl/orlando/news/2019/09/29/fatal-construction-accident-in-downtown-orlando and https://www.wftv.com/news/local/i-4-ultimate-worker-dies-another-injured-in-orlando-industrial-accident-contractor-says/991475208