Worker OK after slipping off scaffold at Sunny Isles Beach high-rise

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A construction worker is safely on the ground after, officials said, he somehow fell off the scaffold he was working on at a high-rise in Sunny Isles Beach and was left dangling, Friday afternoon.

The frightening ordeal took place hours after two workers in separate incidents in Miami-Dade County took deadly falls while on the job.

Cellphone video captured the worker dangling off the side of the building, located in the area of Collins Avenue and 170th Street.

Witnesses said the worker slipped from the scaffolding, and his safety harness prevented him from plummeting to the ground. The footage shows him swinging toward the platform as he dangled in midair.

The woman who shot the video said she heard a loud bang at around 4:45 p.m., then saw the man dangling.

Coming back down to the ground proved to be a complicated ordeal. The video shows crew members on another scaffold coming to the worker’s rescue.

The worker is then seen using a rope to hoist himself up and pull himself back on to his co-workers’ scaffold. Another worker helped the employee, seen wearing a yellow shirt, back onto the scaffold.

As they were all safely lowered back to the ground, the footage captured heavy equipment blowing in the wind.

The worker who slipped from the scaffold was not injured, but earlier on Friday, two others in separate incidents in Northwest Miami-Dade and Miami Beach were not as fortunate.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, an inspector on the Palmetto Expressway slipped and fell from the Okeechobee Road Bridge, near South River Drive, at around 8:30 a.m.

Rescue crews airlifted the inspector to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Hours later, a construction worker in his 30s fell 10 stories from a building in Miami Beach.

7SkyForce HD hovered above the scene in the area of Collins Avenue and 35th Street.

That employee was also transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital, but he did not survive.

Police blocking off part of Collins Avenue while investigators tried to piece together what caused the tragedy.

Detectives will not release the name of this victim until they notify his family.

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