Security guard dies after gate falls on him at Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds

WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A security guard has died after a gate fell on top of him at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition, Tuesday.

Officials said at around 6 a.m. the guard was working the front entrance when the gate fell on him as he was closing it while letting a car inside.

Witnesses said his co-workers are distraught by what happened. Nelly Martinez said, “He tells me, ‘Please, pray for me pray for me.’ All the time crying.”

The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition released a statement in response to the incident which read, “We are saddened by the death of our longtime employee from an apparent workplace accident. We are cooperating with police, who are conducting a thorough investigation.”

OSHA is now investigating the incident, along with Miami-Dade Police.

This is the second work-related death on the fairgrounds in two years. In 2016, a contractor was killed while doing maintenance on a ride.

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