Echo Brickell Scaffolding Collapse

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Echo Brickell Scaffolding Collapse

Scaffolding has collapsed at Echo Brickell, killing 1 and injuring 5. According to the Miami Herald, "One of the three scaffolding platforms on the North side of the buildings plummeted to the ground Wednesday evening, showering bystanders in debris and crushing one car. The two other platforms were dragged down three stories and hung haphazardly onto the building’s face until a crane lowered them to safety hours later." The man who died passed away from a "cardiac incident" stated by Miami Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Joseph Zahralban and The Miami Herald. A woman inside of a car was hospitalized after being hit by falling debris. Roads were reopen Thursday morning. Property Markets Group said that formwork had fallen from the top of the construction site onto Brickell Avenue and that they were working with the general contractor John Moriarty & Associates of Florida as well as city officials including the fire department and police to investigate what had happened. The project will be shut down pending the investigation. While this accident is quite tragic and will cause delays on the delivery of the Echo Brickell project as well as potential legal implications due to the casualties, the project should still ultimately be a great addition to the Brickell skyline.