Miami Beach

Construction worker dies after falling from North Beach scaffolding

Miami Beach police investigate a deadly construction accident at 8000 Harding Avenue.
Miami Beach police investigate a deadly construction accident at 8000 Harding Avenue. nnehamas@miamiherald.com

A 47-year-old construction worker at a North Beach apartment building fell at least 30 feet to his death Wednesday afternoon when the scaffolding he was on collapsed, according to police.

It appeared that a cement truck that was part of the construction site may have hit cables that kept the scaffolding attached to the building at 8000 Harding Ave., said Ernesto Rodriguez, a spokesman for Miami Beach police.

Late into the night, Harding Avenue from 80th to 83rd streets remained closed as detectives investigated.

“It appears to be a very tragic accident,” Rodriguez said.

Just after 3 p.m. Wednesday, police received a call that someone fell from scaffolding.

When officers arrived to the seven-story building called the 8000 Condominium, they found a 47-year-old man, also named Ernesto Rodriguez, dead.

For hours, Rodriguez’s body remained outside the building under a yellow tarp.

Ricardo Pastor, who lives in another part of the building, told the Miami Herald that workers have been repairing balconies for about a month.

While the investigation will continue, Rodriguez said that charges are not anticipated.

Miami Herald staff writer Joey Flechas contributed to this report.

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