MIAMI – Thursday morning partial collapse of a building in Surfside is the latest in a series of structural collapses in Miami-Dade County over the past decade.
As recently as 2018, another condominium building along Collins Avenue collapsed during a failed demolition project.
The 13-story Marlborough House condominium collapsed on July 21, 2018, when an incident during the controlled demolition caused the entire building to crash.
A 46-year-old construction worker, Samuel Landis, died more than a week after his leg was severed in collapse.
The development group that planned to build a modern oceanfront tower in its place initially applied for a permit to implode the building, but after being refused by the city, the request was changed to conventional demolition.
Earlier this year, a pedestrian bridge over Southwest Eighth Street was intended to connect Florida International University with the town of Sweetwater. collapsed, killing six people.
Eight vehicles stopped under the 174-foot-long pedestrian bridge at the time of the March 15, 2018 collapse, were completely or partially crushed by debris.
A construction worker and five people inside their vehicles were killed. Ten others were injured.
The National Transportation Safety Board later attributed the engineer’s design flaw which led to cracks in the supporting structure but cited “failures at all levels”.
A few months later, on Christmas Eve 2018, four people were seriously injured when a collapsed balcony on a parked car in Miami Beach.
All the victims were on the balcony of the Dora Condo building when it collapsed. The building was then deemed unsafe.
In January 2017, a part of a roof collapsed at a northwest Miami-Dade County business, trapping two people inside.
Four construction workers were initially inside the company on Northwest 37th Avenue, but two were able to exit. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue had to free the other two workers.
A few months earlier, in October 2016, a section of collapsed formwork on a Brickell construction site, injuring several people on the ground, including a woman who was trapped in her car as a result of falling debris from the Echo Brickell high-rise building.
Another man suffered a heart attack and died trying to get away.
Two dozen people who gathered to watch a Miami Heat playoff game were injured in June 2013 when the The patio of a popular North Bay Village restaurant has collapsed, sending them diving into Biscayne Bay.
It was later determined that no government entity has ensured that the Shuckers Waterfront Grill deck has been inspected, even in the one inspection of the neighboring Best Western hotel in 2012, leading to several lawsuits.
Shuckers was closed for over a year before reopening in July 2014.
Four men were killed in 2012 when a Five-story parking lot under construction on the west campus of Miami Dade College in Doral has collapsed.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said the garage floors collapsed on top of each other in what has been described as a “pancake collapse.”
Two of the bodies of the victims were found in the rubble. A third man had both legs amputated and later died in hospital. The last victim was found dead in the rubble about a week later.