Construction worker falls to death from Florida condo

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 23-year-old worker died from a 13-story balcony of a condominium building in West Palm Beach, police said.

Delores Yamilety Martinez-Ponce was working on the construction site of the La Clara condominium on Saturday morning when she fell, police spokesman Mike Jachles told the media.

Although officials don’t yet know exactly what happened, Jachles said Martinez-Ponce was working for a flooring company and installing flooring when she fell just before 9 a.m. Saturday.

“For reasons we don’t know, she apparently fell off that balcony,” Jachles said. She fell to the second floor and died at the scene, he said.

In a news release, police said Martinez-Ponce lived in Miami-Dade County and worked for Jovavesa Corp., which is a contractor for the construction project.

The police department’s homicide unit is investigating the death, he said.

The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also expected to review the death.

The site housed the 1515 tower condo for decades before a controlled implosion brought the building down in 2010, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Construction of the 25-story condominiums in La Clara began in 2019 and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2023, the newspaper reported.