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0 Comments | Aug 29, 2018

Lethal Scaffolding Collapse in Florida

JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort

Concept art for the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort

Early Wednesday morning, two construction workers in Florida fell to their deaths when the scaffolding they were working on collapsed – plunging the workers six stories. A third worker managed to hang on to the side of the building and climb to safety.

The collapse took place at a Marriott International hotel that is under construction on Chelonia Parkway. The area is well known because it is near Disney World’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club. The workers were between the sixth and seventh floors when the scaffolding collapsed.

Emergency responders were called out around 4:15 a.m., when nearly 20 workers were on scene.

Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The third worker who managed to narrowly escape suffered minor injuries and refused hospital treatment.

According to Orange County Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles, “They were on the scaffolding, and for reasons unknown at this time, that support structure gave way, sending two workers plummeting to the ground below. Both died on the scene. A third worker managed to hang onto the scaffolding and managed to climb to safety.”

While it’s not immediately clear as to why the scaffold collapsed, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and OSHA will begin investigating shortly. During these types of investigations, OSHA checks everything from the proper use of Construction Site Signs to the stability of handrails.

Set to open in early 2020, the 16-story, $282 million JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort, will feature 516 rooms near Disney and Universal theme parks. The resort is owned and developed by DCS Investment Holdings, a private equity group based in West Palm Beach, Florida, which is owned by Dwight C. Schar, co-owner of the Washington Redskins.