The investigation into the death of a worker on a construction site continues

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – An investigation is ongoing into the death of a construction worker at a West Palm Beach condominium that fell 11 stories to his death.

Police were called to the La Clara Palm Beach condo on South Flagler Drive just before 9 a.m. Saturday.

“When units arrived at the scene, they discovered a 23-year-old female from Miami-Dade (county) who had landed on a landing on the second floor of this construction site,” the police spokesperson said. of West Palm Beach, Mike Jachles.

Police identified the woman as Yamileth Martinez-Ponce from the Allapattah neighborhood of Miami.

Investigators said Martinez was working on the floor of one of the units and somehow fell off a 13th floor balcony.

Martinez was pronounced dead at the scene.

West Palm Beach police are investigating the fatal fall and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been contacted.

Martinez was an employee of Miami-based Jovavesa Corp., which was a contractor at the site.

“Hopefully, the employer had workers’ compensation insurance and the work carrier will provide the benefits to dependents,” said Andrew Neuwelt, compensation attorney at Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt.

According to OSHA in 2019, 5,333 workers died on the job, including one in five in construction.

“I think they’re going to look at multiple factors, and that would include safety equipment,” Neuwelt said. “Finding out what she was doing, was she supposed to be there. However, none of that will matter on the whole as long as she was there doing what she was supposed to be doing.”

Neuwelt said that in Florida, any employer with four or more employees is required to have workers’ compensation.

In the construction industry it can be as low as one.

“If something happens, you have an accident as an injured employee, you must report your accident or injury within 30 days to your employer,” Neuwelt said. “You need to seek medical attention. If you’re concerned about it, or don’t know what your rights are, or what the rules are in the state of Florida, see an attorney. People get hurt every day all over the country. State of Florida We are here to try to help them if we can.

Alice F. Ponder