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Construction Site Collapse Injures Five

According to the Orlando Sentinel, five construction workers were injured due to a collapsing floor of a construction site.

Orlando Sentinel and the Collapsed Floor Construction Accident

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.

Construction Injury Statistics According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

  • In 2009, private industry construction workers1 had a fatal occupational injury rate nearly three times that of all workers in the United States: 9.7 per 100,000 full-time equivalent construction workers vs. 3.3 for all workers
  • Construction also had three of the ten occupations with the highest fatal injury rates: roofers at 34.7 fatal work injuries per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, structural iron and steel workers at 30.3, and laborers at 18.3
  • In 2009, falls accounted for more than one-third of fatal occupational injuries in construction (34%)
  • Nearly half (48%) of all fatal falls in private industry were to construction workers
  • There were 3.3 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses reported across all industries in 2009, of which almost 95 per cent were injuries and just over 5 per cent were illnesse
  • Construction laborers experienced the seventh-highest rate of nonfatal injury and illness requiring days away from work of all occupations (382 per 10,000 full-time workers)

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