Arundel Mills casino construction accident kills one worker
A construction worker was killed and at least one person was critically injured Friday when the precast wall of a casino they were working on collapsed in Anne Arundel County, officials say.
Rescue workers were on the scene of the construction site of the Maryland Live! Casino near Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover, Md. A 30-by-40 foot section of the pre-cast concrete wall collapsed on two workers.
The killed worker is Leon Ray Sax, 27, of Hanover, Pa. He was operating an aerial "bucket" when the wall collapsed on him. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police say.
A second victim, identified by police as Darbin Suazo-Jimenez, 25, of Manassas, was transported to a hospital in Baltimore with life-threatening injuries.
Rescue workers faced a though situation. “We're talking about lots of heavy equipment, unstable ground surface, unstable pieces of buildings,” a rescue official said. Due to the heat and humidity, each rescue crew was only allowed to work for 15 minutes before a mandatory rest of 45 minutes.
Police said the incident was treated as an accident. A spokesperson for the Cordish company that is building the casino issued a statement expressing sorrow but offering no details.