Jachles said the third worker suffered minor injuries. A fourth worker escaped uninjured, Jachles said.
The victims who died were identified by authorities as Jerry Bell, 46, and Lorenzo Zavala, 34. A spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Ingrid Tejada-Monforte, said the injured worker is a 36-year-old male, but she did not release his name.
Authorities responded to a call about an industrial accident about 4:15 a.m. at a JW Marriott hotel under construction adjacent to the Bonnet Creek Resort in an unincorporated area of Orange County, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.
The hotel is among others that are set to be completed in 2019, Tejada-Monforte said.
A Marriott spokesman called it “a terrible accident.”
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident that took place earlier today,” the spokesman said Wednesday in a statement to The Washington Post. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of the workers who died.”
He said he could not comment further because the construction project is managed by the developer.
Authorities said no foul play is suspected at this time. Local and federal authorities are investigating.
A spokesman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration confirmed that the agency has opened an investigation.