A Honduran construction worker who reportedly attempted to warn managers about unsafe conditions before being injured in the deadly partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans last month will be deported on Monday, his lawyers say.
Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma was arrested by immigration agents two days after the 18-story collapsed on October 12, killing three people and injuring dozens more.
Ramirez Palma survived the collapse after he fell from the ninth to the sixth floor by swinging from a rope, according to Nola.com.
His wife and lawyers say he was hospitalized with serious injuries, including head trauma, an eye injury and internal inflammation.
Two days later, U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement arrested him while fishing with his family. They moved him to an immigration holding facility last week as ICE agents prepare to deport him.
His attorneys claim that because Ramirez Palma was outspoken about the unsafe conditions at the hotel, deporting him could impact an investigation by OSHA into what caused the collapse.