ORLANDO, Fla. — Less than two weeks after an "I-4 Ultimate" project worker was fatally injured on the job, three workers were hurt Friday in an "incident" in downtown Orlando.

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Just after 10 a.m., the workers fell about 15 feet from an elevated platform to the steet below, Orlando Fire District Chief Creed McClelland said. He said they were up on the wooden platform they stand on when pouring concrete when it broke.

The workers sustained minor injuries and taken to a hospital, but their conditions were not released, according to I-4 Ultimate contractor SGL Constructors.

McClelland said the construction crew on the ground acted swiftly, helping first responders get to the injured.

"The crew did a great job responding to their own and getting us there, directing us to the scene, and they also did a good job having the street blocked off so luckily, there were no cars or civilians impacted by this," he said. 

SGL said any work along the 21-mile project that uses similar platforms was shut down for inspections. It said some of the inspections have been completed, and those platforms are back in service.

The injuries come just days after SGL resumed work on the 21-mile I-4 Ultimate project after a worker was struck in the head and killed by a 20-foot pipe in Winter Park. It marked the fourth death tied to the I-4 Ultimate project. 

The company stopped work for a week following the February 4 incident to conduct a review of safety procedures.

McClelland said that because of ongoing construction across Central Florida, he's surprised there hasn't been more worker-related accidents, sending a word of caution to everyone who works and travels along I-4. 

"There is a lot of construction in Central Florida right now, especially on the highways. People and the construction workers both need to be safe and keep their eyes on the road at all times," McClelland said.