The Miami Police Dept. has released the names of the dead and injured from a March 25 crane accident that occurred in Miami when a section of tower crane being hoisted for a jumping operation fell through the roof of a house.
Terrance Hennessy, 59, was found dead in the rubble inside the office. He was a safety inspector for Marsh Risk Consulting. Five people were transported to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Jeremy Thornsbury, a 21-year-old carpenter, died at the hospital. Theron Cook, 57, has serious injuries. Emanoel Souza, 31, was in stable condition. Russell Dyer, 48, suffered ankle injuries, and Mark Simone sustained a knee and eye injury, according to the Miami Police Department.
The accident at a high-rise condominium under construction in the City of Miami came one week after Miami-Dade County commissioners passed a crane safety ordinance. It occurred at a project of Bovis Lend Lease of Miami, which is building the Paramount Bay condominium on N. Bayshore Blvd. The structure had reached the 39th floor of the 46-story tower, says Ignatius Carroll, spokesperson for Miami Fire-Rescue. As crews attempted to extend the crane to reach a higher level, a 20-ft long piece fell off.
“Our hearts are heavy at this moment for the two deceased individuals, including one of our own employees and the additional injured workers,” said Mary Costello, spokesperson for Bovis in New York, in a written statement.
“Right now, it appears that a section of crane being raised by a subcontractor to Baker Concrete, Morrow Crane, became disengaged during a lift and fell onto a house being used as a field office for our construction workers. We are asking Baker Concrete and its subcontractor Morrow Crane to cooperate completely with the Miami Dade investigation into this tragic accident.”
All of the injured and dead were in some way associated with the construction activity, Carroll says. There were no civilians on the site.
There was no answer at Morrow Crane in Miami. A woman named Jeanine answering the telephone at developer Royal Palm Communities¹ office in Boca Raton, Fla., says the company has no comment pending an investigation. At the Paramount Bay sales office, a woman answering the phone said no one could talk to the press, but the company later posted a statement on the Paramount Bay website:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the injured and deceased workers. This is a terrible tragedy and we are focusing all of our recourse and efforts to cope with the aftermath of this accident. At this point, there are not many more details that we have, but as soon as we know more, we will pass them along.”
Miami Condo Lifestyle, a real estate Web site, lists prices for the 360 one-, two- and three-bedroom units at Paramount Bay ranging from $845,000 to $899,000, with a completion date in the spring of 2009.