ORLANDO, FL- wsbradio.com reports that two construction workers were killed in a scaffolding collapse on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. The men were working on the seventh story of a 16-story hotel near Disney World. The workers were pouring concrete at the time of the accident.
Three workers were on the scaffolding when it gave way and sent two of the men plummeting to the ground. The third worker was able to pull himself back up and was uninjured. The property is owned by Marriot and will have 516 rooms close to the popular Orlando area theme parks.
The victims were identified as 34-year-old Lorenzo Zavala and 46-year-old Jerry Bell. Both men were dead by the time emergency responders arrived at the scene. The accident will be investigated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA).
According to the OSHA, construction workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Construction involves large machinery and working from high up locations. It also involved moving large pieces of building materials and equipment. All of these hazards faced by construction workers set the stage for potentially deadly mishaps.
OSHA has identified four categories of construction-related accidents that cause the highest number of deaths in the industry. The four categories are considered construction’s “fatal four.” They include falls, caught in-betweens, electrocutions and ?. OSHA estimates that eliminating accidents in the “fatal four” would save over 600 lives every year. Falls, in particular, are responsible for about NUMBER deaths every year.
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