On Wednesday, August 29th, numerous workers were engaged in constructing a large hotel close to Disney World in Lake Buena Vista. The hotel will belong to the JW Marriott Chain when completed, but at the moment it is in the process of being built. Upon its completion sometime in 2019, it is believed that the building will stand at 8 stories tall. The building is located at 14900 Chelonia Parkway, close to Orange County’s Bonnet Creek Resort. This location is also very close to the area that begins the massive plot of land owned and operated by the Disney company.
A family in Baldwin Park received a terrifying and unpleasant shock on Tuesday, September 4th, around 1:00 in the afternoon, when a large construction crane collapsed on the roof, cutting much of the home into two pieces. According to reports from the Gold Key Roofing company’s manager, the company had been hired to replace the shingles on the roof of the home. Due to the height of the home, Gold Key Roofing hired a subcontractor, Beyel Brothers Crane & Rigging, to help lift the new singles from the ground level area to the roof itself.
Employees working within a large office building close to the Orlando International Airport were involved in a severe chemical accident that resulted in several hospitalizations as well as a large-scale evacuation of the building in question. Early reports form the Orlando Fire Department state that the incident took place in the Citadel Building, located along 5850 T G Lee Boulevard, and that it most likely had to do with work being performed along the building’s roof.
It is not clear whether or not any injuries were sustained this past Monday when an unnamed construction worker operating a large piece of equipment on the I-4 Ultimate Project in Altamonte Springs struck a gas pipe lying underneath the ground affected during the expansion of the major traffic artery. Reports indicate that the incident happened before the rush-hour commute began, and the subsequent lane closures caused massive disruptions along the I-4 route.
Numerous lane closures created massive traffic snarls in the Orlando area this past Tuesday after a semi-truck hauling cinder blocks overturned, scattering the contents of their trailer across the road and sending several people to a nearby hospital. According to the Florida Highway Patrol’s report, the incident happened along State Road 417, close to where this road intersects with State Road 408.
On Tuesday, May 1st, a 72-year-old man was operating a paving machine at a construction site when something happened to cause him to fall from the vehicle. According to reports from police within Volusia County, the location of the incident is the future home of a medical complex that will stand along Harley Strickland Boulevard and service people in Volusia County and the surrounding area.
New developments from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration have surfaced regarding a fatal scaffolding collapse accident in Miami Gardens which tragically claimed the lives of three men last September, after the gin pole rigging device that was attached to a 1000 ft. television tower failed, causing them to fall to their death below.
An employee with Shelby Erectors was working on the I-4 Ultimate project, near to a cap cage on Thursday, March 8th, when something happened to cause the cage to collapse on top of the man. Cap cages are structures made entirely out of rebar that are used as frames onto which wood is attached, creating a mould where concrete is then poured. The one that collapsed this past Thursday was located on an on-ramp leading to the westbound lanes of South Street, close to the Amway Center.
A little over a week ago, a crane operator was operating a large crane close to State Road 408, where Anderson Street and Division Avenue intersect, when something happened to cause the crane to collapse. According to the SGL, the company that owned the crane and employed the crane operator, the 300-ton piece of equipment was part of the high-profile I-4 Ultimate Project which is aimed at improving the traffic artery along Interstate 4 that has been such a nuisance for drivers in the past.
An electric plant at Apollo Beach was the site of a terrible accident several weeks ago that left two people dead and numerous others in critical condition. According to the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, firefighters were alerted to the incident on the afternoon of June 29th. The emergency call took the rescue teams to the Tampa Electric Company where employees had been in the process of cleaning a slag tank. According to a spokesperson for the Tampa Electric Company, the initial explosion took place inside of a coal-fired power generator. The slag tank is where the burnt coal is dumped after it gets consumed by the generator. It is not known whether or not the generator was supposed to be operating at the time of the explosion.