Drilling Rig Falls and Strikes Neighboring Building

In Sunny Isles, a drilling rig that was being used in the construction of a condominium tipped over and struck a neighboring building Tuesday. The incident occurred in the area of 169th Street and Collins Avenue, at around 1:00 p.m.

Crews were at work on the construction of the Jade Signature Condominium when a 50-foot-tall drilling rig, used to place concrete pylons into the ground, fell through a fence and onto the fifth floor of a neighboring parking garage.

Officials are now trying to figure out how this incident happened, especially considering the day’s windy weather According to Sgt. Brian Schnell of Sunny Isles Beach Police, “That’s everybody’s question so far. Was this wind related?”

Schnell believe that it could potentially be one of three things or a combination of factors; wind, human error, or possibly the surface that the crane was resting on.

Winds at the time of the general vicinity of the accident were measured at between 20 and 25 miles per hour, gusting up to as much as 30 miles an hour.

The rig scraped down to the second floor where it came to a stop, causing concrete damage and window damage. No one was injured at the time of the accident.

Thankfully no one was hurt in this incident. Construction site accidents have the potential of happening at any time, as we reported just yesterday. Construction workers or even innocent bystanders can be hurt around a work site. When accidents happen they can be very serious by causing catastrophic injury or even death.

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