A 58-year-old North Miami man who had been walking on top of a cement powder storage silo at the Titan America Cement plant in Medley, Florida, plummeted 140 feet into the silo after its roof collapsed. Some 50 firemen and rescuers worked feverishly to find the worker, but after eight hours of searching, Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue changed the status of the mission from a rescue to a recovery operation.
Although the worker still hasn’t been found, he is presumed to be dead. A Fire Rescue spokesman stated, “If the fall didn’t kill him, then being engulfed in cement powder asphyxiated him.”
Authorities still don’t know why the roof on the 200-foot tall silo collapsed, but a spokeswoman for Titan America promised an “exhaustive follow-up investigation” with Miami-Dade police.
The Miami Herald reports that the concrete plant has seen its share of workplace injury accidents, but this is the first death. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration, there have been three incidents at the plant since 1983 that resulted in “permanent or partial disability” to workers.
The worker’s family said that he had been employed at the cement plant for 19 years. His 16-year-old son was devastated by the news. “I feel depressed I won’t see him again. He believed in me a lot,” he told the Herald.
The workplace wrongful death lawyers in Miami at Farah & Farah offer sincere condolences to the family of the worker killed in this tragic workplace accident. It is an employer’s duty, by law, to provide a safe working environment for their employees. If you believe you have lost a loved one in a workplace accident due to the carelessness or negligence of an employer, you should contact our law firm immediately. Call us at (800) 533-3555 to discuss your legal rights today.