Worker killed at site of Selmon Extension project in Tampa

BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times
A construction worker stands with a survey tool on Gandy Blvd. on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Florida and Tampa Bay construction companies are growing desperate as it becomes harder to find skilled workers. About 80 percent report having a hard time filling positions. The tight labor market is due to workers retiring and tighter restrictions on undocumented workers.
BRONTE WITTPENN | Times A construction worker stands with a survey tool on Gandy Blvd. on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Florida and Tampa Bay construction companies are growing desperate as it becomes harder to find skilled workers. About 80 percent report having a hard time filling positions. The tight labor market is due to workers retiring and tighter restrictions on undocumented workers.
Published September 15 2018
Updated September 15 2018

A Land O’Lakes man died Saturday in Tampa at the site of the Selmon Extension project after the "roller" machine he was operating toppled on a dirt embankment and trapped him underneath.

Kadri Elmazi, 68, was rescued by fellow workers who used a cable and excavator to lift the machine off of him. Elmazi was declared dead about 20 minutes after the accident happened near Gandy Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway, police said.

The accident, which occurred just before 11:30 a.m. Saturday, is under investigation. Police said "all evidence indicates that it was a tragic industrial accident."

The Selmon Extension is a project of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority to create an elevated road that will connect the Selmon Expressway to the Gandy Bridge.

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