Investigator: Company cited for Cleveland casino garage collapse

11:19 AM, May 9, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND  --  Federal workplace safety investigators say they've cited a cement contractor for six serious safety violations with proposed fines totaling $38,000 after part of a parking garage deck collapsed at the site of the new Cleveland casino.

No one was seriously hurt when the deck collapsed while concrete was being poured Dec. 16 at the garage across from the downtown Horseshoe Casino Cleveland.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday it is citing Cleveland Cement Contractors Inc. for violations including not following design and construction standards.

A company employee refused to discuss the violations with Channel 3 News.  In a brief written statement, the company said:

"Cleveland Cement disputes the proposed citations.  Second, Cleveland Cement complied with all design, construction, and safety standards.  Lastly, we are continuing to work with OSHA and are requesting a conference with them.  Neither Cleveland Cement nor OSHA, to our knowledge, was able to identify the cause of the collapse.  The collapse was unforseeable."

Although OSHA didn't cite an exact cause of the collapse, a spokesman said a number of the violations contributed to its failure. 

The Cleveland site is slated to open Monday as the first of four Ohio casinos. One of the backers of the venture has said the parking deck will be ready for the opening.

WKYC-TV/The Associated Press

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