The collapse of a scaffolding platform during construction at Port Everglades killed two workers and critically injured a third this morning, The Miami Herald reported. According to port authorities, the Broward County Public Works employees were conducting routine maintenance when a scissor lift fell on its side, sending them several stories onto the pavement below.
The work was being performed on a temporary bridge at Terminal 1 at about 11 a.m. Broward fire-rescue responded to the accident scene, located at 1801 SE 18th Street in Fort Lauderdale.
“It’s sad to have to talk about these type of things. The port is a very close knit family,” Port Everglades chief executive and port director Steve Cernak, told the paper.
Authorities from OSHA are currently investigating the incident, the Herald said.
Port Everglades is currently undergoing $500 million in capital improvement projects to increase cargo business. The port is adding five new berths and deepening its navigational channels to 50 feet. [Miami Herald] —Christopher Cameron