CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 11, 2013) – Attorney Ervin A. Gonzalez, partner at Coral Gables-based law firm Colson Hicks Eidson and counsel for the families of two of the four victims killed in the October parking garage collapse at Miami Dade College’s Doral campus, will be holding a press conference at 3:00 p.m. today to discuss the recent OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) citations against the garage’s general contractor and several subcontractors.
Yesterday, OSHA issued fines totaling approximately $38,000 to Ajax Building Corp. and four subcontractors and cited a series of construction, safety, and inspection errors and oversights that led to collapse.
Gonzalez is representing the respective widows and families of Samuel Perez and Carlos Alberto Hurtado DeMendoza in wrongful death lawsuits against Defendants Ajax Building Corporation, Inc.; M.A.R. Contracting, Inc.; MEP Structural Engineering and Inspections, Inc.; Bliss & Nyitray, Inc. and Haryard Jolly, Inc. Gonzalez is also representing Mark DiBacco who was injured in the collapse.
Plaintiff Migdalia Lopez, the wife of victim Samuel Perez, and her son Jimmy Ramirez, will also be speaking at the press conference today, Thursday, April 11th at 3:00 p.m. at the law firm of Colson Hicks Eidson, 255 Alhambra Circle, Penthouse, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Please contact Cindi Perantoni at 305.663.3543 or 305.962.9206 if you plan to attend.
Perez, 53, was one of four construction workers killed after the parking garage that was under construction collapsed on the Doral campus of Miami Dade College on October 10, 2012. He was driving a cement truck at the project site during the time of the collapse. Following the collapse, he was trapped inside the cab of the truck for 17 hours before rescue workers amputated his legs in order to get him out. Perez died three hours later at the hospital of catastrophic injuries caused by the collapse.
Perez worked in the construction industry for 20 years after migrating to Miami from Cuba. He was a hardworking dedicated family man and the breadwinner for his wife and stepson.