South Beach construction worker dies after torso impalement, fire-rescue says

A construction worker was killed Monday after he fell one story onto rebar that punctured his torso, Miami Beach Fire Rescue said.

The accident occurred around 9 a.m. at 2000 Washington Ave. The 35-year-old man, whose name hasn’t been released, was rushed to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, but died early Monday afternoon, Miami Beach Fire Rescue said.

Miami Beach police and the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be investigating. Several Florida roofers have been cited recently as part of OSHA’s Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction.

WPLG Channel 10 reports a construction foreman said the man was a mason with The Rinaldi Group.

According to The Rinaldi Group’s website, the New Jersey-based company is working on a multi-building project framed by Washington Avenue, Park Avenue, 20th and 21st Streets. OSHA’s website says in the last five years The Rinaldi Group was cited in New York for wiring design and protection violations in 2014 ($9,800 fine settled to $3,200) and general safety and health violations in 2015 ($3,500 fine).

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