Two workers fell more than six stories from a JW Marriott hotel under construction near Disney World on Wednesday morning when a scaffold collapsed, and they died immediately after plunging to the ground. The tragedy happened at 4:15 a.m. near the Bonnet Creek Resort in
Lake Buena Vista.
A third worker, who was able to hold on and climb to safety, suffered minor injuries, Fire Rescue officials said. Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the workers were preparing to pour concrete on the seventh floor when the scaffolding collapsed.
The men were identified as 46-year-old Jerry Bell who lives in Seffner and 34-year-old Lorenzo Zavala, a former vice president at S&Z Concrete from Plant City. About 18 construction workers were at the hotel at the time, according to Fire Rescue officials.
The reasons for the scaffolding collapse are not known yet. The incident will be investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
The property, the Bonnet Creek Resort, is owned by DCS Real Estate Investments, a West Palm Beach company. An engineering firm Kimley-Horn filed an application with Orange County DCS’ behalf to build a 516-room JW Marriott.
DCS officials said, the company’s corporate policy prohibits commenting to the media on anything.
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