Scaffold Collapse Kills 1
A construction worker died Monday (Aug. 22) after falling from collapsing scaffolding at a mixed-use development expansion project in Las Vegas, reports relate.
The father of three, Ricardo Nicolas Bautista, 30, was working on scaffolding erected at the Tivoli Village, when the system began to slowly collapse just before 2 p.m., according to reports.
Las Vegas Fire Department spokesman Tim Szymanski told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that two others were also on the scaffolding as it collapsed. Those two workers were able to jump to safety.
UPDATE: 1:58PM Tivoli Village 302 S Rampart Bl scaffold at construction site collapsed, 3 workers on it at time, >>> pic.twitter.com/sTjU4NDO10— Las Vegas FireRescue (@LasVegasFD) August 22, 2016
A witness told a local NBC television affiliate that all three workers had been wearing protective harnesses.
"I see the scaffolding tip over and it slowly collapsed. Somebody fell off the scaffolding," Andrew Valenzuela, a fellow worker, told News 3. "It slowly tilted over and then it slowly collapsed. It took like ten minutes."
When Las Vegas Firefighters responded to the scene, Bautista was found seriously injured beneath the collapsed equipment, officials told reporters. He died at the scene.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the deadly fall. The agency can take up to six months to determine whether citations are warranted.
Tivoli Village management issued a statement Monday afternoon.
“On behalf of our partners and construction team, we express our heartfelt condolences,” the statement read. “Out of respect for the victim and those investigating, all construction activity on the site has ceased and will only continue when it is deemed safe to do so.”
The statement indicated that safety and security were top priorities for Tivoli.
“To that end, we are cooperating with Metro, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, OSHA and all other necessary parties to ensure the proper investigation and continued safety protocol as this project moves forward.”
Bautista’s employer had not been identified as of Tuesday. Bautista was described as a “workaholic” and “family man,” according to News 3.
The expansion project includes the addition of restaurant, office, retail space, and a new parking garage.
OSHA estimates that 2.3 million construction workers, or 65 percent of the U.S. construction industry, work on scaffolds.