Construction workers in Pennsylvania can be at risk of serious injuries or even death each day on the job. Unfortunately, this fact was underlined by an Aug. 29 incident in which two construction workers lost their lives. The two men were part of the team building the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort, a prominent project with 516 hotel rooms that is under construction. Scaffolding at the build site collapsed, taking the lives of the two men.
A third worker reportedly had a near-miss as well; his life was saved when he was able to grab hold of something and was assisted by other workers. The men were working between the sixth and seventh floors of the building at the time of the collapse. There were around 20 workers on the job when the fatal construction accident took place; the incident occurred while workers poured concrete. The local sheriff’s office announced that it was also investigating the incident, noting that they wanted to ensure that it was an accident. In addition, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also investigating the fatalities.
Other workers on the site expressed their shock and confusion. One man noted that OSHA representatives and other safety officials were often present at the site, so he was unsure how such a failure could have occurred and what the weak points were. Marriott also spoke about the incident and noted that another firm is overseeing the construction.
When operating heavy machinery or working at heights, construction workers are particularly at risk for dangerous accidents that can cause permanent disabilities and even fatalities. People who have been injured in construction accidents can work with workers’ compensation attorneys to protect their rights and pursue the benefits they deserve.