Builders fined in deaths of 2 men who fell near Disney World

OSHA: 'Formwork, shoring, working decks, scaffolds' not properly inspected


ORLANDO, Fla. – A federal agency fined two construction companies $157,792 for violations related to the deaths of two workers who fell to their deaths from scaffolding at a hotel being built near Disney World.

The Orlando Sentinel reports Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday fined PCL Construction Services Inc. $144,532 and Universal Engineering Services $13,260 for the workers' deaths.

The agency said 46-year-old Jerry Bell and 34-year-old Lorenzo Zavala were pouring concrete on the seventh floor of the JW Marriott Hotel at Bonnet Creek in August when the support structure collapsed. A third worker fell but held on and climbed to safety.

OSHA said contractors failed to "inspect formwork, shoring, working decks and scaffolds properly."