According to the Orlando Sentinel, five construction workers were injured due to a collapsing floor of a construction site.
On Tuesday morning in Orlando, Florida, five construction workers were injured on the job. The floor of a hotel under construction, what city records show to be home to a future Hyatt House Hotel, located on International Drive, collapsed. As a result of the collapsing floor, the workers fell at least eight feet from the level they were working on to the floor below them. According to police, the workers were pouring concrete inside the building on the fifth floor when the floor beneath their feet collapsed. All five of the workers had to be rescued by Orlando fire crews.
Emergency medical crews transported three of the five injured workers to a local hospital, while the other two were treated at the scene for minor injuries. According to Orlando Police, none of the injuries that were sustained are life-threatening.
The site is located near the Artegon Marketplace, just south of West Oak Ridge Road. The Orlando Police officers responded to this site to find the injured construction workers just before 3:30 a.m. The site of the accident had previously been cited by safety inspectors. Not only was the Orlando Code Enforcement notified, but also the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Last March, building inspectors issued a stop work order upon discovering work on the fifth floor metal deck that had been covered up before having had been properly inspected. The inspector also pointed out structural deficiencies or deviations from the building plans that had not yet been resolved. The contractor, Phoenix Building Corp, had been told to resolve all deficiencies and to stop working until the inspections had been approved.
According to police, code enforcement officers are handling the investigation and are working toward determining why the floor collapsed.