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Rescue Crews Finally Locate Fourth Body In Collapsed Garage

A construction disaster killed at four Miami workers last week and injured seven more. For reasons that remain unclear pending an investigation, a five-story parking garage suddenly and unexpectedly collapsed.
The construction accident in Beverly Hills has attracted national news as rescuers worked around the clock to try to find a fourth missing worker. Two construction workers died immediately after the ramp came down and a third died at a local hospital after spending 13 hours trapped under the rubble. Yesterday, search crews found the body of a fourth victim. Like many construction accidents here in California and around the country, these bereaved families may have wrongful death claims.
One worker remained missing for five days. The man’s family spent the whole weekend at the site, desperately waiting for any news about their loved one. This week, the family criticized the emergency response and expressed devastated frustration that crews are no longer searching around the clock.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is in charge of the response and it said that dangerous conditions at the site are slowing down recovery efforts. Although the collapsed area is relatively small, the piles of heavy concrete rubble apparently created a dangerous and unstable environment. The apparent lack of urgency may have also reflected that authorities concluded that they are already too late to save the missing worker.
Sadly, it appears that they were right. An enormous number of things could have gone wrong on this job site, ranging from design errors to defective materials. The one thing that is very likely to have caused the collapse is a mistake by one of the workers themselves. That makes their unnecessary deaths all the more tragic, handled by compassionate attorneys.

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