Two dead after falling 70 feet in elevator lift collapse in Naples

Posted at 5:07 PM, May 09, 2018

NAPLES, Fla. — Two people have died after falling 70 feet when an elevator collapsed on Wednesday afternoon in Naples. 

Two construction workers were standing on a lift at Club Brittany of Park Shore, the Naples Fire Department said.

They were working on an outside elevator when the lift they were on collapsed and dropped 70 feet, they said. 

"The workers were simply constructing the temporary elevator shaft when, unfortunately, it broke and they fell," said Seth Finman with the Naples Police Department.

The elevator is attached to the side of the building and is typically used during renovations.

"This would be used after the building is completed, probably windows, railings, repairs and stucco," said David Mola, a contractor who lives near the accident.

Mola says accidents involving these elevators are extremely rare. Construction on condominiums along Gulfshore Boulevard have ramped up since season has ended.

"They're usually restricted, they usually have six months from now to late October to finish," said Mola.

Officials from OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration arrived at the scene to investigate.

The identity of the victims have not been released.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.