Work resumes on I-4 Ultimate Project one week following worker’s death

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.

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