One killed, one seriously injured in Bradenton Beach fall

One killed, one seriously injured in Bradenton Beach fall
The Bradenton Beach construction site where two men fell more than 30 feet, killing one and seriously injuring the other. - Jason Schaffer | Sun

BRADENTON BEACH – Two construction workers fell from a height of more than 30 feet on Wednesday, June 23, killing one and seriously injuring the other.

According to the Bradenton Beach Police Department, the fall happened at 5:40 p.m. as the men were standing on a makeshift scaffolding near the top of the three-story condo at 203 Bay Drive N. 

“We’re guessing that the nails holding their scaffold just gave out. A witness who was next door said she heard a cracking sound before seeing the first man fall. The second man fell shortly after,” Det. Sgt. Lenard Diaz said. 

Abelino Olvera, 49, of Arcadia, was found dead when police arrived at the scene. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. Police identified the second man as Daniel Leon Thomas, who was transported to Blake Medical Center with serious injuries, but is expected to make a full recovery. Both were contract laborers, according to police.