Orange County Convention Center. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- A worker was critically injured when he fell while setting up a ride at the Orange County Convention Center on Saturday morning, authorities said.
The Orange County Fire Rescue said the man was working on a 20-foot high ride in the parking lot of the North-South Convention Center building on the east side of International Drive at 9:20 a.m. when he fell to the pavement.
Rescuers said the man was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Officials said the man was a contractor hired to assemble one of the many rides for a major trade show for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, scheduled to start Tuesday.
The IAAPA released a statement saying, "Our thoughts are with the worker, his family, friends and co-workers. Safety is the top priority of IAAPA and our expo. This is the first incident of this nature in our expo's long history."
The IAAPA draws an estimated 26,000 conventioneers and is a vital event for many people in the tourism industry.
OCCC spokeswoman Gwen Wilson told WESH 2 News that the accident is not expected to delay the setup or opening of the IAAPA Attractions Expo.
The investigation is ongoing.