A body was recovered from a Medley concrete silo where a Titan America worker fell in August, a spokeswoman for the federal Mining Safety Health Administration said Tuesday.
Pierre Mezidor, 58, of North Miami, fell 140 feet when the roof of a concrete silo collapsed at the company’s Pennsuco cement plant on Aug. 17.
The search for Mezidor turned from a rescue to a recovery operation after he was not found nor showed any signs of life or communication on the day of the roof collapse.
Mezidor was measuring how much cement was stored in the silo when the roof caved in and he fell onto the dry, packed cement powder.
The silo is 200 feet tall – authorities initially gave a higher figure – and was about 75 percent full when the incident occurred.
But the wind has been the primary obstacle in the recovery operation, which employs tall cranes to reach over the top of the silo.
Titan America had been working with recovery experts brought in from the around the country for the recovery effort. The MSHA has been part of the recovery effort.
The Miami-Dade Police would not comment on the situation and an attorney for Mezidor's family didn't immediately comment. Titan America didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
But The Miami Herald reported that attorny Edward Blumberg, who represents Mezidor's family, has engineers probing the silo to see what caused the situation.
“Something went seriously wrong, but it would be a mistake to say for sure until we have everything squared away,” attorney Edward Blumberg was quoted as saying by the Herald. “We don’t want to jump to a conclusion until all the dots connect.”