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Project manager struck by debris in Miami Beach condo building demolition dies

Samuel Landis in 2015 via Facebook
Samuel Landis in 2015 via Facebook

The apparently flawed destruction of the former Marlborough House condominium in Miami Beach has proven fatal. Samuel Landis, father and AlliedBean Demolition project manager , died Friday afternoon from his injuries.

The Lighthouse Point resident, 46, had been in critical condition since July 23, when he was hit by debris cascading across Collins Avenue as the 13-story building at 5775 Collins Ave. came down. A Miami Beach police incident report released July 24 stated Landis suffered a severed leg. A criminal investigation by Miami Beach police and a workplace hazard investigation by OSHA remain in progress.

Landis owned or worked for companies in the construction and demolition business for almost 20 years in Florida and Illinois. From 2003 to 2013, he was the president of Omega Demolition.

“Multiplan Real Estate Asset Management is deeply saddened by news of the passing of Samuel Landis of Allied Bean Demolition,” Marcelo Kingston, manager of Miami Beach Associates, owner of the building, said in a statement. “We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to his family, friends and co-workers. Wishing to respect the family’s privacy, we will not be making any further comments at this time.”

Luis Leon, president of contractor Winmar Construction, also issued a statement: “All of us at Winmar are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Samuel Landis. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Landis family and their loved ones during this unimaginably difficult and painful time as we continue to work through what happened during the demolition of the project.”

A woman answering the phone Friday at AlliedBean, the subcontractor handling the demolition for contractor Winmar, said the company would have no comment on Landis’ death.

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In this head-on view of the former Marlborough House's demolition, you can see the debris strike the person later identified as AlliedBean's project manager and the manager unconscious when the dust clears.

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