Reports indicate that 24 of the 33 people injured were taken to area hospitals, with at least two people suffering serious injuries. Investigators do not know what caused the deck to collapse, but promised a thorough investigation. All of the victims who were are believed to be accounted for at this time.
The Miami deck collapse comes just a week after a building on Market Street in Philadelphia collapsed killing six people and injuring 13 others. The building collapsed as it was being demolished and fell onto the Salvation Army Thrift Store causing that building to also collapse.
Authorities have since begun investigating the cause of the collapse and have initiated several other investigations surrounding the collapse as well. While the investigations are ongoing, preliminary information released revealed that the excavator operator, Sean Benschop, was under the influence of drugs while operating the machinery as he worked on the site. He has been charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter, 13 counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count each of causing a catastrophe and risking a catastrophe for his role in the deadly collapse.
The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling personal injury cases involving serious injuries involving including building and other structural collapses. Our extremely skilled team of personal injury lawyers and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you have been injured in a deck collapse, a building collapse, or other work or construction accident, or have endured any other type of personal injury, contact the personal injury lawyers of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.
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