ORMOND-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. — A construction worker died Thursday after falling 10 stories from the roof of a beachside condominium in Ormond-by-the-Sea, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.
- Construction worker killed in fall from Ormond-by-the-Sea condo
- The worker was working on storm shutters outside the 8th floor
- Worker ID'd as Daniel L. Freeman, 37, of Winter Haven
- 2 other workers were left dangling but to pulled themselves up
The fall happened at the Aquarius Oceanfront condo off Ocean Shore Boulevard. Witnesses at Tom Renick Park right to the building said scaffolding on the side of the building fell, taking three contractors with it.
"We heard the scaffolding going down and then you heard a thump. You couldn’t mistake it,” said Catherine Mead, a beachgoer.
Two other men were left dangling off the side of the building.
"One guy was able to... You could see him pulling up. The other guy was hanging and he only hung by one arm, and we were like, 'Oh please get over and pull him,' " Mead said. “The other gentleman was able to get on the rooftop, and (he) pulled and pulled and flipped him right over.
Another witness ran to help the man who fell — 37-year-old Daniel L. Freeman of Winter Haven, who co-owned The Glass Act — but it was too late.
"He went over there and said, 'He is on the ground and he’s not moving,' " Mead said.
Freeman was working on storm shutters outside the eighth floor of the condo when he fell, according to deputies.
Deputies said it appeared Freeman was wearing a harness that was attached to something at the top of the building.
Right now, no charges are being filed. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident.