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Road Workers Dead After Collapsing Underground


The untimely death of three road workers was the result of poor ventilation inside of a drainage pipe. Generally, these pipes are to be properly vented before anyone enters in order to protect the workers from injury and death. This standard procedure was not employed in this case, and at this time, it is unclear as to why.

The men collapsed in the drainage pipe due to breathing in a combination of hydrogen sulfide gas and methane. There was not enough oxygen in the pipe to sustain life. The first man collapsed, which was when the second man entered to help him. When he collapsed, the third went in after him, and he too perished in the drainage pipe.


Ventilation Procedure Not Observed

Rick Ramsay, the Monroe County Sheriff, stated, “Generally, you want to ventilate the tube out before you go in there and have proper breathing stuff. It appears there was no venting done prior. The best we can see at this time, there was no pre-venting going in and obviously going into a contained space like there where there’s gasses, it can be deadly as we saw today.”

The identities of the men have been released as forty-nine-year-old Louis O’Keefe from Little Torch Key, thirty-four-year-old Elway Gray of Fort Lauderdale, and twenty-four-year-old Robert Wilson of Summerland Key.


Wrongful Death Suits a Possibility

The families of the road workers will be looking into their legal options to help make sure that this type of tragedy does not happen to anyone else. Sometimes lawsuits don’t just bring the families financial relief, but can also be a motivator to prevent cases like this where the company should have used safer protocols.


Miami and Fort Lauderdale Wrongful Death Attorney

If you or someone you love has been injured because of another person or company’s negligence—whether someone you work for or your next door neighbor—you could be entitled to compensation. Lavent Law, PA has the experience and knowledge to help you and your family get justice.

Contact Attorney Boris Lavent immediately by calling our office at 305-440-0450 or by filling out the form on our website.

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