BREAKING: Construction accident at Echo Brickell
Construction crews had reached 48 of 52 floors as of this month
October 19, 2016 05:45PM
The Echo Brickell tower as of September, left, and construction materials hanging from the building (Credit: Hiten Samtani)
Building materials fell from the Echo Brickell construction site Wednesday afternoon, with multiple reported injuries.
Fire rescue crews line up around the Echo Brickell site (Credit: Hiten Samtani)
CBS Miami reported that city of Miami Fire Rescue answered calls of a structural collapse at 1450 Brickell Avenue, the site of PMG’s upcoming 52-story Echo Brickell condo tower, causing four injuries.
Aaron Sinnes, construction director for PMG, told The Real Deal that “forming materials” fell from the building. Panels could be seen dangling three stories from Echo Brickell’s top floor. Miami Police and Miami Fire Rescue remain on the scene. The Miami Police Department tweeted that scaffolding appears to have fallen from the tower as well.
One of the contractors on the scene told TRD that there were injured people trapped inside the site.
UPDATE: It appears scaffolding fell from construction site. Traffic closed from 14-15 Street on Brickell Ave. @CityofMiamiFire on scene. pic.twitter.com/PCmO0nJ7bu
— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) October 19, 2016
Two weeks ago, Sinnes told TRD that construction crews had reached the 48th floor. The tower’s general contractor is John Moriarty & Associates.
Police have cordoned off the area and shut down traffic around the site, between 14th Street, 16th Street and Brickell Avenue.
This is a breaking news story that will be updated as new information becomes available. — Sean Stewart-Muniz, Ina Cordle and Hiten Samtani
Source: The Real Deal