Longboat Key construction worker dies after falling 30 feet from condo

A construction worker died around 9 a.m. Thursday after falling 30 feet from a building, according to the Longboat Key Police Department.

Longboat Key Police Chief Pete Cumming said the man, whose name has not been released, was climbing scaffolding at the Beach Walk condominium complex in the 6800 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive. Cumming said the scaffolding went from the parking lot all the way to the roof.

“They put scaffolding all over the front and, when he reached the top, he somehow lost control of his footing and fell,” Cumming told a Herald reporter. “He fell back about 30 feet and landed on the concrete — on top of the pavers.”

The worker was transported to Blake Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery. The man died at approximately 2 p.m. on the operating table, Cumming said.

“He landed flat on his back and I know he had head injuries,” the police chief added. “My understanding is he has significant internal injuries as well.”

The investigation by the Longboat Key Police Department is complete, but Cumming said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will probably conduct an inquiry.