The construction workers, both in their early 30s, were above the sixth floor of a hotel under construction when the support structure gave away. They were pouring concrete when the incident happened. “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,” Orange County Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said. The victims fell about 80 feet to the ground. Their names have not been released. A third worker hung on and managed to climb to safety. There were about 18 workers at the site of the future JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek resort when the deadly collapse happened. Marriott International previously described the $282 million project as a 16-story building with 516 rooms near Orlando’s popular theme parks.
The hotel in construction
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident that took place earlier today,” said JW Marriott spokesman Jeff Flaherty. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of the workers who died.” Construction of the eight-story hotel is expected to be completed in 2019. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office and federal authorities are interviewing witnesses and investigating what caused the scaffolding to collapse.