A scaffolding accident led to the deaths of two construction workers early on the morning of Wednesday, August 29, while they were pouring new concrete on the seventh floor of a 16-story hotel being constructed near Disney World in Orlando.
Officials were unable to pinpoint the cause of the scaffolding collapse in the immediate aftermath of the incident. According to a spokesperson for Orange County Fire Rescue, the two workers were on the scaffolding at the time, and the support structure somehow gave way, which resulted in them falling down the seven stories to the ground below. A third worker who was on the scaffolding as well managed to hold on and get to safety.
There were about 18 workers total on site when responders got the call about the incident at about 4:15 a.m. that morning. The building is a 16-story $282 million development, the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort. When complete it will feature 516 rooms. The project is owned and being developed by DCS Investment Holdings.
Options after a workplace accident
If you suffer an accident in the workplace that results in an injury, you have two options to get compensation: you can either file a worker’s compensation claim or a personal injury lawsuit. For a personal injury lawsuit to be successful, you must be able to prove a defendant was negligent in actions that directly resulted in your injuries. With worker’s compensation, you merely need to prove an accident occurred in the workplace that resulted in an injury.
To learn more about your options if you’ve suffered a workplace injury, meet with an experienced Bradenton construction accident lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.