Howard County police are investigating an industrial accident in Ellicott City where two men working for a construction company died.
At approximately 7:45 a.m., personnel from the Howard County Police Department and Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services were dispatched to a construction site in the 9100 block of Father’s Legacy for an industrial accident involving two critically injured subjects.
Rolando Lopez Mendez, 31, of Silver Spring, and Erik Morales Ortiz, 31, of Hyattsville, were working at the site when they both were thrown from the bucket of a lift machine when it tipped on its side. The men worked for Brothers Construction Framing Inc.
Upon arrival, police found both men on the ground suffering from significant injuries. They were taken to Howard County General Hospital where they were both pronounced dead a short time later.
It is unknown what caused the lift machine to tip over. Preliminarily, police found no signs of foul play. The accident remains under investigation by the Howard County Police Department and Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Agency (MOSHA).