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Construction worker dies after possible electrocution at Midtown 8

Employee was working on the elevator system on the 24th floor of the 28-story building
By Katherine Kallergis | September 25, 2018 05:20PM

Midtown 8 on Tuesday (Credit: Katherine Kallergis)

A construction worker at Midtown 8 in Miami died on Tuesday afternoon after he was possibly electrocuted while working on the building’s elevator system.

Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said the worker was transported from the construction site on the southeast corner of Northeast 30th Street and First Avenue to Ryder Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead. Atlanta-based Wood Partners is developing the 28-story, 387-unit tower at 2901 and 2951 Northeast First  Avenue.

Kast Construction topped off the 389,700-square-foot apartment building in May. It’s being designed by Stantec.

The employee was on the 24th floor, working on the interior elevator system when he collapsed, the project’s foreman told Miami Fire Rescue. His coworkers performed CPR and brought him to the first floor to wait for paramedics, according to a release.

In a statement, Kast Construction CEO Michael Neal called the accident “an overwhelming tragedy” and said that the project team will work with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as it completes its investigation.

The worker’s identity has not yet been released.

In 2016, a construction worker was killed after falling from the 15th floor of the Alexander, a 16-story apartment building under construction in West Palm Beach. Kast Construction was the general contractor for the project, developed by Ram Realty and Kolter Group.