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Construction worker is knocked unconscious on 49th floor of luxury high-rise being built

A construction worker was lowered from the 49th floor of the future Brickell Flatiron building on July 30, 2018. The worker is accompanied by firefighter Rolan Martin.
A construction worker was lowered from the 49th floor of the future Brickell Flatiron building on July 30, 2018. The worker is accompanied by firefighter Rolan Martin. Miami Fire Rescue

A construction worker pouring concrete on the 49th floor of the Brickell Flatiron building was knocked unconscious when a machine malfunctioned and hit him, according to Miami Fire Rescue.

Miami Fire Rescue’s Technical Rescue Team lowered the man to the ground using a construction crane and a basket.

“He took a significant hit,” Capt. Ignatius Carroll said.

According to Carroll, rescue crews arrived at the building at 1001 South Miami Ave. just before 2 p.m. after a 911 call.

The workers were on the 49th floor of the luxury condo building that is supposed to be 64 floors when complete.

“Coworkers ran to his side and called 911,” Carroll said.

The worker, who was unconscious, was taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in serious condition, Carroll said.

Carroll said the safety officer on site stopped all operations on the 49th floor and said the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration would investigate.

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