Video: Collapse Injures Workers at Cincinnati Casino Construction Site - News - @ JEMS.com


Video: Collapse Injures Workers at Cincinnati Casino Construction Site

13 people suffered minor injuries.

 

 
 
 

LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press | | Friday, January 27, 2012

GALLERIES

Multimedia Thumb

Cincinnati Construction Collapse

Underlying support beam "sheared away," fire Chief Richard Braun said.
More >



VIDEOS

Multimedia Thumb

Collapse at Cincinnati Construction Site

Workers say they were pouring a 60 feet span of concrete.
more >






CINCINNATI (AP) — A section of floor collapsed Friday at the construction site of a new casino, sending workers tumbling 30 feet to the ground and leaving about a dozen with minor injuries.

The collapse comes on the heels of a similar accident last month at a Cleveland casino with the same developer.

A crew was pouring a section of concrete floor Friday when an underlying support beam "sheared away," fire Chief Richard Braun said.

"The floor came down in what we call a 'V' collapse, and all the workers were on top of it," Braun said. "They basically rode the 'V' down." No one was underneath the 60-foot by 60-foot section of floor.

The injured were sent to hospitals with mostly bruises and bumps, and possibly some broken bones, the fire chief said. All workers were accounted for, said Steve Rosenthal, of casino co-developer Rock Gaming LLC, in a statement.

Jessie Folmar, a spokeswoman for Cincinnati-based Messer Construction Co., said the company was trying to learn what happened Friday.

Messer has a clean safety record with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration since 2006, according to information from the agency's database. Its last Ohio incident was in that year, when it was penalized for four serious violations and paid a penalty of $3,125. One involved a lack of adequate fall protection for workers.

OSHA inspectors as well as investigators from the state were at the site looking into the accident. The developers said work won't resume until the construction team and authorities say it is safe.

The collapse occurred on what will be the casino's second floor and sent the workers sliding to the floor below, said Jason Mullins, business manager for a union representing ironworkers on the project, but not the workers who were hurt. The framework was over one-third complete, Mullins said.

Fire Chief Braun said as many as 13 people were hospitalized, while police department spokesman Lt. Maurice Robinson said 11 were taken to hospitals. Braun explained the discrepancy by saying two people may have taken themselves to hospitals.

The casino is being developed by Rock Gaming in partnership with Caesar's Entertainment. The same team is behind a casino project in downtown Cleveland where a garage partially collapsed on Dec. 16. A 60-foot by 60-foot second-level section of the parking deck gave way while concrete was being poured. No one was injured.

There is "absolutely zero connection" between the collapse in Cincinnati and the accident in Cleveland, Rosenthal said. "These are two different construction management companies, two different contractors, two different sites, two different areas."

Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati is a $400 million development under construction in the northeast corner of the city's center and is expected to open in spring 2013, an official with the company told an Ohio House panel at a hearing this week. The casino is supposed to attract nearly 6 million visitors and create 1,700 jobs, said Lee Dillard, vice president of finance for the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland. It will feature three outward-facing restaurants, about 2,000 slot machines, 85 table games and a 31-table World Series of Poker room.

Casino development was touted during a statewide legalization campaign in 2009 for the immediate boost it would give to Ohio's economy, particularly through the temporary construction jobs needed to build the four new facilities in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo. According to a recent report from the Associated General Contractors of America, construction jobs indeed rose in Ohio this past year — from 163,400 in December 2010 to 168,600 last month.

___

Associated Press reporters Doug Whiteman, Julie Carr Smyth and Ann Sanner in Columbus and John Seewer in Toledo contributed to this report.
 



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Collapse at Cincinnati Construction Site

Cincinnati Construction Collapse

Gallery 1

Cincinnati Conctruction Collapse

Workers and officials inspect the scene of a collapse at the Horseshoe Casino under construction, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in Cincinnati. Authorities in Cincinnati say at least 11 people have been taken to hospitals with minor injuries, non life-threatening. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)


Gallery 1

Cincinnati Conctruction Collapse

Workers and officials inspect the scene of a collapse at the Horseshoe Casino under construction, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in Cincinnati. Authorities in Cincinnati say at least 11 people have been taken to hospitals with minor injuries, non life-threatening. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)


Gallery 1

Cincinnati Conctruction Collapse

Emergency vehicles fill the street outside the scene of a collapse, seen upper right, at the Horseshoe Casino under construction, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in Cincinnati. Authorities in Cincinnati say at least 11 people have been taken to hospitals with minor injuries, non life-threatening. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)


Gallery 1

Cincinnati Conctruction Collapse

Work continues near a collapse at the Horseshoe Casino under construction, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in Cincinnati. Around a dozen workers have been taken to hospitals with minor injuries from the partial collapse. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)



Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: News, building collapse

 
What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Buyer's Guide Featured Companies

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Improving Survival from Cardiac Arrest Using ACD-CPR + ITD

Using active compression-decompression CPR with an ITD has been shown to improve 1-year survival from cardiac arrest by 33%.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

D.C. Fire and EMS Crews Blame New Technology for Patient’s Death

Delayed response blamed on recurring dispatch problems.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Suspect Steals, Crashes Maryland Ambulance

One killed, others injured in Prince George’s County crash.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Fire Breaks Out in Chicago Hospital

Kitchen fire in Presence Resurrection Medical Center spreads to second floor.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

D.C. Firefighter in Patient Death, Fired

Officials say termination is due to missing work.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Tennessee Trench Rescue

Worker pulled from Roane County worksite.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Time’s Ebola Firefighters

Doctors, nurses and others saluted for fighting virus.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Car Strikes Manhattan Pedestrians

Seven people hurt when car jumps curb.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


More Product Videos >