Two construction workers have died after a scaffold gave way at a construction site early Wednesday morning, according to the Orange County Fire Rescue.
- One worker was able to hang on, pull himself up
- Accident was not on Disney property, officials say
- Identities of the men who died not released
At around 4:15 a.m., the scaffold that was about seven floors up at a construction site for a new hotel, located at 14900 Chelonia Parkway near the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, gave way, where two workers plummeted to their deaths.
During a news conference later in the morning, Orange County Deputy Sheriff Ingrid Tejada-Monforte said the site of the accident is not a Disney property, but will be the site of a new J.W. Marriott hotel.
One worker was able to hang onto part of the scaffold and pulled himself up to safety with help, said Tejade-Monforte.
Jachles said that there was another worker who escaped without injuries, but Tejade-Monforte stated that there was no fourth person on the scaffold.
She did say that the hotel is eight stories tall and that the men fell from the seventh floor, or about 80 feet. She only identified those men as white males in their early 30s.
The worker who pulled himself up had minor injuries, but refused to be taken to a hospital.
There were at least a dozen and a half workers at the construction site, said Jachles.
Orange County Sheriff’s Office provides update on hotel construction accident.