Another Fatality in Las Vegas Brings City’s Death Toll to 12
Construction on the Las Vegas Strip claimed another worker’s life on June 17 when union carpenter Lyndall Bates of Tempe, Ariz., died after a 12-ft fall at Boyd Gaming’s $4.8-billion, 87-acre Echelon casino project. He was the project’s first fatality but the 12th construction-related death on the Strip in less than 19 months. The 49-year-old, an 11-year member of the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, was dismantling scaffolding when he fell and landed on his head, says a Clark County spokesman. Bates reportedly tied his safety harness to a piece of scaffolding that he mistakenly dismantled, causing him to fall. Work was temporarily halted as the Nevada Occupational Health Administration conducted an investigation. Tishman Construction Corp., New York City, is Echelon’s construction manager, with Las Vegas-based Marnell Corrao Associates the prime concrete subcontractor. Bates was reportedly working on the project’s main 640-ft-tall, 4-million-sq-ft, three-wing superstructure. Tishman also is construction manager for the $8.4-billion, 18.6-million-sq-ft CityCenter site, which has had six deaths over the last 16 months, according to officials.