DORAL, Fla. – A worker was airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center Friday morning after getting trapped in a crane in Doral, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials confirmed.
According to Doral Police, the accident occurred at around 10:15 a.m. at the Covanta Energy-operated Resources Recovery Facility in Miami-Dade County located at 6990 NW 97th Ave.
Sky 10 was above the scene just after 11:15 a.m. as the victim was freed from the crane and wheeled out to a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue truck.
First responders were then seen placing a cooler inside an awaiting helicopter nearby before the victim was airlifted to the west trauma center.
Doral police later confirmed that the worker’s leg was amputated. They said the Miami-Dade Police Department will take over the investigation being that the incident occurred inside a county facility.
Last time the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) records show an injury involving a crane that required a worker to be hospitalized at that location was in 2017 when a worker suffered a chest contusion.
Friday afternoon, the Senior Manager of Communications and Media Relations of Covanta released the following statement:
“During late morning on October 1, a Covanta employee was involved in an accident at the Miami-Dade County Resources Recovery Facility in Doral, Florida. The individual was transported to a nearby hospital and is currently being treated.”
The statement goes on to say, “We extend our thoughts and well wishes to our valued team member and their family.
The safety of our workers is of utmost importance to Covanta. We are cooperating with authorities to gather the facts surrounding this incident in an effort to understand what happened and what steps we may take to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.”