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5 Injured in Floor Collapse

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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Federal safety regulators are investigating a partial floor collapse at a Florida hotel construction project that injured five workers Tuesday (June 28) morning.

Reports indicate the accident occurred around 3:30 a.m. local time at the future Hyatt House Hotel in Orlando.

Authorities said the workers had been pouring concrete on the building’s fifth floor when a section of flooring collapsed beneath them. Rescuers took three of the workers to a local hospital and two others were treated at the scene. Orlando police described the injuries as non-life-threatening, reports said.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into the incident. It could take up to six months for the agency to issue any citations in the case.

A city inspector said a beam holding up the floor section split in two and collapsed, according to the local NBC affiliate, WESH. The workers reportedly suffered falls of 8 to 12 feet.

Work on the jobsite was temporarily halted.

Could Have Been Fatal

Fire officials said the workers were lucky, WESH reported.

“Ultimately it could have been a fatality,” Lt. Dave Bauss, with the Orlando Fire Department, told reporters.

The hotel was being constructed by Phoenix Building Corp. The Stuart, FL-based contractor blamed the incident on “a failure of shoring equipment,” in a statement provided to the television station.

“Phoenix Building Corporation is cooperating fully with investigators and cannot comment until the investigation is complete,” the statement read.

Previous ‘Stop Work’ Order

The project, being developed by Whitestone Realty Capital, had been issued a stop work order in March.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that city building inspectors issued the order after finding work on the fifth floor metal deck had been covered up before it had been properly inspected.

“The inspector also noted there were structural deficiencies or deviations from the building plans that hadn't been resolved,” the report said.

Phoenix had reportedly been told to correct the issues prior to the concrete placement.

Code officials responded to the scene Tuesday and found no violations, according to WESH.


Tagged categories: Accidents; concrete; Construction; Floors; Health and safety; Hotels; Workers

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