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Cleveland Cement Contractors cited
May, 10 2012
(Clevland, Ohio) -- A Brooklyn Heights concrete contractor was cited by federal workplace safety investigators for six safety violations and given a proposed $38,000 fine for the collapse of the parking deck for the new Horseshoe Casino.
Scott Adams, spokesman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said Cleveland Cement Contractors Inc. did not build the proper framework for the wet concrete, which caused the second floor of the structure at Ontario Street and Prospect Avenue to collapse on Dec. 16. No one was injured.
After an investigation, construction resumed and is now complete. The casino opens Monday.
The citations said the design and shoring of the framework of the garage, made of steel reinforced concrete, was not sufficient to support the concrete's weight. Adams said Cleveland Cement did not take proper precautions before pouring the concrete.
Company President Michael Simonetti disputed the citations. He said the company will ask to meet with OSHA.
"We were unable to identify the cause of the collapse and neither was OSHA," Simonetti said. "What happened was unforeseeable by our company. It could have been caused by equipment failure."
The parking project was a combination of the existing Gateway North Garage, purchased by the casino developer, and new construction.
Both Simonetti and OSHA said the finished structure is safe.
Adams said Cleveland Cement has been cited three times for violations in the past five years.
The Cleveland casino is owned and operated by Rock Ohio Caesars, a collaboration between Cavalier's owner Dan Gilbert's Rock Gaming company and Caesars Entertainment.
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