Lawsuit alleges firms were ‘reckless’ in demolition that killed worker

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The family of a construction worker who was killed in a Miami Beach building collapse has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the companies that oversaw the demolition.

The family is seeking damages from several companies and individuals, including Winmar Construction Inc. and AlliedBean Demolition, the subcontractor that carried out the botched demolit

“By violating the law and well established safety procedures, the defendants endangered the lives of the very people they hired to work on the project as well as spectators and passersby who watched the building come down,” said Steven Osber, an attorney for the Landis family. “As a result of their recklessness, and conscious disregard for the safety of the public, Mr. Landis was killed.”

Samuel Landis
Samuel Landis

Developers had planned to demolish the Marlborough House, built in 1961, to make way for a new 19-story residential tower on the oceanfront property

Authorities said the former Marlborough House condominium building had a demolition permit but did not have an implosion permit, which would allow contractors to bring the structure down in one fell swoop.

Police said something happened during the controlled demolition that sent the entire building crashing down at once. 

The lawsuit alleges that the companies knowingly moved forward with the implosion plan even after Miami Beach officials repeatedly denied their requests for safety reasons.

The collapse shut down the surrounding area for hours as rescue crews searched through the debris for possible victims. Landis was the only person hurt in the incident.

Osber said the companies failed to keep workers, bystanders and traffic at a safe distance and even encouraged the public to watch the demolition.

A requests for comment from AlliedBean Demolition and Winmar Construction were not imediately returned.

Copyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com – All rights reserved. By Tim Swift – Local10.com Digital Editor

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