CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - One man is dead and another man is in the hospital after both men fell off scaffolding in downtown Charleston Monday afternoon.
The two men were caulking windows at Laurens Place condos next to the Maritime Center when the three-story scaffolding gave way around 4 p.m. Monday. The fatal accident happened at 10 Wharfside St. in downtown Charleston near the South Carolina Aquarium.
According to Charleston police, 33-year-old Pablo Condora fell in the water and 42-year-old Wilfredo Barrios Jaldin fell to the concrete below. Condora was transported to MUSC and the Jaldin died at the scene.
According to the Charleston County coroner's office, Jaldin is from Bolivia and died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Both men worked at Traditional Surfaces and a coworker, Nelson Flores, pulled Condora from the water.
Flores told police that the men were caulking the area of the third floor balconies and Condora was on the scaffolding and Jaldin was on top of a ladder.
At that time, both the ladder and the scaffolding began to fall over and Condora fell into the water while Jaldin landed on the walkway near the surrounding condominium building.
Flores said he wasn't sure why the scaffolding and ladder fell. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was contacted.
The coroner says they won't release the victim's name because he is from out of the country and his family hasn't been found yet.