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Worker Dies In Ocean City Accident

Nov 29, 2003 | Salisbury Daily Times

One of two workers who fell Friday morning from scaffolding inside the Princess Royale Hotel in Ocean City, Md., died of injuries sustained in the 34-foot fall.

Ocean City police said Michael Koch, 46, of Georgetown, was hanging Christmas decorations inside the hotel's atrium with Ivan Morales, 34, of Ocean City, when the scaffold the men were standing on collapsed. The men were four stories above a concrete deck.

Koch died after being transported to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md.

The hospital was the first of three that Morales was taken to Friday. An ambulance took him from Atlantic General to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., and by Friday night he was in critical condition at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Police said the heavy fog Friday morning ruled out helicopter transport directly from Ocean City to Peninsula Regional. Morales was flown by helicopter from PRMC to Baltimore.

Police said they do not know what caused the scaffold's collapse. An employee at the Princess Royale's front desk Friday night said the hotel is not releasing any information about the incident.

Maryland's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating, police said.

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