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Published on April 02, 2024
Construction Worker Dies After Fall from 15th Floor at West Palm Beach Building Site Source: Unsplash/ Eric Wang

In a tragic incident, a construction worker lost his life after plummeting from the 15th floor of a building site in West Palm Beach. The accident occurred on Tuesday, just before 2:00 p.m. at "The Alexander," a 210-unit apartment complex under construction at 333 Fern Street. Initially believed to have fallen from the tenth floor, it was later confirmed by witnesses that the man was on the 15th when he fell through plywood and metal framework, landing onto a chain-link fence below.

Emergency crews, including the West Palm Beach Police Department and fire rescue squads, were swiftly on the scene, although they were unable to save the worker, whom authorities identified as a 27-year-old man. The victim, right after falling, was pronounced dead at the scene. Fortunately, no other workers were injured during the fall, which led to a temporary shutdown of South Dixie Highway for the investigation and cleanup, as reported by Robbins Injury Law.

Miami-Dade County faced its own scare when a construction worker suffered a fall at a site on Northeast 191st Street and West Dixie Highway. Unlike the West Palm Beach incident, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews were able to safely rescue the worker, using a stokes basket to lower him to where Sky 10 captured images of the victim being placed into a fire rescue truck, Local 10 News reported the rescue effort.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is handling the investigation into the West Palm Beach accident, assessing the site's safety and ensuring proper precautions in the future. The construction site, once cleared by OSHA, was fairly quickly resumed operations with federal safety agency officials making sure staying for a week to ensure safety measures on site, according to Robbins Injury Law. Potential legal responsibilities for the construction worker's death could involve several parties, including real estate firms Kolter Group and Ram Realty, and KAST Construction, the construction company working on the building.

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