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Two workers die at JW Marriott under construction near Disney World

Two workers fall from scaffolding near Disney World

Two construction workers fell to their deaths early on Wednesday when scaffolding collapsed above the sixth floor of a hotel under construction near Disney World in Orlando, Florida. A third worker managed to hang on and climb to safety.
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Two construction workers fell to their deaths early on Wednesday when scaffolding collapsed above the sixth floor of a hotel under construction near Disney World in Orlando, Florida. A third worker managed to hang on and climb to safety.

Two men fell six stories at a JW Marriott hotel under construction near Disney World on Wednesday morning when a scaffold collapsed, Orange County Fire Rescue said.

They died immediately after plunging to the ground.

Orange County Sheriff’s Office said they were pouring concrete on the seventh floor when the scaffolding collapsed. The men were identified as 34-year-old Lorenzo Zavala, a former vice president at S&Z Concrete from Plant City; 46-year-old Jerry Bell, a 46-year-old father and stepfather who lives in Seffner.

A third worker hung on and managed to suffer only minor injuries, Fire Rescue said.

The reasons for the scaffolding collapse aren’t known yet. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office will be investigating.

The JW Marriott under construction is at 14900 Chelonia Parkway, 1.6 miles from Walt Disney World Resort, but not on Disney property.

The tragedy happened just before 5 a.m. The Associated Press reported that about 18 construction workers were at the hotel at the time.

The property, described as the Bonnet Creek Resort in Orange County property records, is owned by DCS Real Estate Investments, a West Palm Beach company.

According to a July 2017 Orlando Sentinel report, engineering firm Kimley-Horn filed an application with Orange County DCS’ behalf to build a 516-room JW Marriott at Bonnet Creek on Chelonia Parkway.

A DCS manager said it’s corporate policy prohibits commenting to the media on anything. A woman who answered the phone at Kimley-Horn said no one was available to comment on the tragedy.

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This bulletin will be updated as more information becomes available.

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