One week after a worker's death, work promptly resumes on I-4 Ultimate Project.
In a short statement just before 7:00 AM today, main contractor SGL Constructors writes:
A thorough review and evaluation of our safety protocols has been completed.
Today, at 7 a.m., SGL Constructors will resume work on the I-4 Ultimate project.
Construction had been halted on the 21-mile project while managers conducted a safety review after a worker was killed last Monday while off-loading steel pipe from a truck.
The employee, a 59-year-old man, suffered a head injury around 1 p.m. when he was struck by an 18-inch by 20-foot iron pipe while working on a construction project at the intersection of Wymore Road and Riddle Drive near the I-4 underpass north of Fairbanks Avenue, firefighters said.
In March, SGL conducted a 4-day safety review after a 56-year-old ironworker, Michael Tolman, died after steel that was being moved by a crane fell on him on South Street near the westbound on-ramp to I-4.
In December 2016, Curtis Popkey, an SGL Constructors subcontractor, was killed when he was hit by a steel stand used to hold a piece of equipment.
Earlier that year, worker Marvin Franklin was killed after his co-worker backed over him with construction equipment.
The Florida Department of Transportation did not immediately say if this accident would cause a similar work stoppage.