Miami, Florida – Two workers were seriously injured in a construction site accident Tuesday afternoon when they fell down an elevator shaft in Miami-Dade County.
According to Fire Rescue officials, the accident happened in a building under construction at Southwest 84th Avenue and Eighth Street.
The victims were working on a suspended cart inside the elevator shaft when the cables broke. Officials said the men fell four stories.
The men were transported to Ryder Trauma Center for emergency medical treatment.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation at this time although, the accident could have been the result of negligent maintenance of the cart and cables, or it could have been the result of a defective product.
Contractors have a duty to maintain their equipment in a reasonably safe condition and can, in some instances, be held liable when they fail to do so.
Additionally, product manufacturers have a duty to make sure that when their product is sold to the public it is safe and suitable for its intended use. When a manufacturer fails to design or manufacture its products safely and in conformity with applicable standards or fails to adequately warn of foreseeable harm, they can be held liable under product liability laws.
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