ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Two construction workers were killed Wednesday after they fell about seven stories from a scaffolding while working at a JW Marriott hotel, Orange County Fire Rescue said.
According to officials, there were four workers on the scaffolding when it collapsed at the site on Chelonia Parkway near Disney in Bonnet Creek. Two workers in fell, another held on and the other worker was able to climb to safety.
The men who fell were identified Lorenzo Zavala, 34, and Jerry Bell, 46.
Officials said the hotel is under construction. The workers were pouring concrete when the incident happened.
Of the two surviving workers, one man in his 30s suffered minor injuries, but refused treatment, and the other was not injured.
"There are rules for scaffolding. There’s rules hooking off, there’s rules for the workers. They do participate in a safety program, so these sort of of things don't happen or happen less," Construction worker John Jennings said.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will investigate the incident, authorities said.
PCL construction’s vice president and district manager Rick Goldman released this statement: "PCL is deeply shocked and saddened by the incident that happened this morning at our JW Marriott Bonnet Creek construction site. Our sincerest condolences go to everyone affected by this tragedy. Safety of all workers is our top priority and we are doing everything we can to investigate this incident and assist local authorities. At this stage of the investigation, we have no further details other than what has already been reported by the authorities."
Watch the sheriff's office news conference on the incident below:
Fatal construction accident (more): A third worker hung on and managed to climb to safety when scaffold/support gave way, suffering minor inj's but refused transport. @OrangeCoSheriff @OSHA_DOL will investigate. #BREAKING pic.twitter.com/hByfR6Fnzl— OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) August 29, 2018
Fatal construction accident: 14900 blk Chelonia Pkwy./Hotel under construction/several workers on scaffold/support structure, working between 6 & 7th floors when, for reasons unknown, scaffold gave way. 2 workers fell to the ground and died on scene (more) #BREAKING pic.twitter.com/g0OLvH3dfW— OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) August 29, 2018
#BREAKING OC Fire Rescue confirms two workers fell to their death while working on a hotel under construction near the Bonnet Creek resort area---> Live details on this developing story 5AM -9AM @WFTV pic.twitter.com/lpyhOW5CLG— Sarahbeth Ackerman (@SAckermanWFTV) August 29, 2018
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