Men Working Underground In Key Largo Die For Unknown Reasons

Ray Hunter
January 17, 2017

Deputy Becky Herrin, public information officer with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office reported three construction workers doing work on Long Key Road in Key Largo, Florida died on the jobsite this morning.

A Key Largo firefighter attempting to save these men was pulled from the hole, as well, and rushed to Mariner's Hospital.

Three workers had gone down a 15-foot deep drainage manhole to investigate why the newly paved road was settling near mile marker 106 and became trapped in the hole.

The citation said, among other violations, that atmospheric testing wasn't performed; a confined space entry program wasn't implemented; confined space entry permits weren't implemented by a qualified person; a rescue plan wasn't implemented; rescue services weren't available in a timely manner; and rescue equipment wasn't available at the site.

Herrin says all three workers' bodies have been pulled from the hole. Clark said the firefighter and deputies were taken to Mariners Hospital in Tavernier. The firefighter was taken by air to Ryder Trauma Center. The third employee has yet to be found and is presumably dead, police said.

The fourth worker was treated at the scene. The Monroe County Medical Examiner will investigate their cause of death.

Residents at the end of Long Key Road were evacuated out of precaution, city officials said.

A hazardous materials team from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is investigating the incident.

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