Construction Worker Dead After Wall Collapses At Arundel Mills Mall

HANOVER, Md. (WJZ) — Deadly collapse at a construction site. One worker was killed and another seriously hurt when a wall at the Arundel Mills slots site comes crashing down.

Meghan McCorkell has the latest.

That section of the wall that came down was about 30 feet by 40 feet. Workers  had to use a  massive crane to lift that one section of the wall, but one worker was already dead.

Just before 10 a.m. Friday, rescue workers were called to the Arundel Mills casino site. A wall tumbled down on top of a construction worker.

“Details are sketchy as to what caused the wall to fall,” said Division Chief Michael Cox, Anne Arundel Co. Fire.

Leon Ray Sax, 27, of Hanover, Pa., was inside a blue bucket lift when the wall crushed him. Darbin Suazo-Jimenez, 25, of Manassas, Va. was also injured when he was hit by that wall.

“That patient was transported priority one to Shock Trauma in Baltimore via ground ambulance,” Cox said.

Sky Eye Chopper 13 was over the scene as firefighters worked to recover the body of the worker. Rescue crews from neighboring counties were also called in to help because of Friday’s extreme heat.

“We actually operate under work-rest cycles and today with the temperatures and the humidity we can only get 15 minutes out of each crew,” Cox said.

After about four hours, rescue workers recovered the body. Now, investigators are trying to determine what caused that wall to come down.

And at this point, the death is being reported as an accident. Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating.

The Arundel Mills slots complex is slated to open in limited fashion at the end of 2012.

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  • greta

    The is the SECOND incident in as many weeks at this site. CLOSE IT DOWN.

  • stationnorth

    “It’s not clear why the wall fell.”

    More than likely the developer is using non-union workers and cutting corners during construction.

    • Anne Arundel

      Exactly how does having a union workforce make construction safer? I can see how it would make it more expensive.

      • Ken

        My question is where were the county inspectors whose job it is to make sure the job is done to specification and that all safety requirements and rules are followed.

    • JP

      UNIONS SUCK! PERIOD! Excuses Excuses Excuses. A family man is dead and thats all you can think of. GROW UP!

  • tony

    What happened to stabilizing a wall??

  • Leah C

    Must be an omen… somebody up there doesn’t think this casino should be be there!

    • Tom

      Ya know, some accidents are caused by people. If you’re that against gambling, move to another state. Like it or not, it stimulates the economy, bigtime.

      • pigeon

        Excuse the error. First word should be NOT. Sorry.

      • pigeon

        No only stimulates the economy but also enhances prostitution, alcoholism and feeds/enables gambling addiction. Yeap, just what the state needs! What a jerk! Bet you have never been to Reno, Vegas or even Atlantic City. If you have then you wore horse blinders. Ever been married to a gambler with an addiction? Not a pretty picture when a wife and her 4 children have to find somewhere to live because the house and land on which they lived was pulled out from under them. I personally know what gambling can do not only to a person but also to that person’s family. Nothing good can come from the building of this casino, NOTHING!

      • Cristiano ronaldo

        What the funeral business?

  • Courtney H

    I will have to agree about the union comment but I also agree with the comment about his family. He woke up this morning going to work and was thinking about a relaxing weekend and now that is not going to happen. We don’t need a casino we done fine all these years without one.

  • Kwood

    This is so sad… I feel for his family. I heard a brief mention of the radio… and started praying that is was not the sight my son was sent to today. It wasn’t… but it is still horrific… prayers to the family of the man who died… the man in shock trama and his family.

    I hope OSHA finds someone accountable for this… these kind of accidents don’t occur without some form of serious neglect in standard safety regulations…

  • beachgirl11

    Prayers to all the workers and families. What a tragic accident.

  • Stacey Lohmeyer

    OMG .. so incredibly sad! My prayers go out to both of the workers families!

  • Angie

    I’m with you, JP! This was a horrible workplace accident. Question A passed with 56% of the votes in November 2010. To those of you who want to gripe about the outcome, I’m sure there is an old blog out there where that you can spew your disdain over the outcome. Otherwise, this is not the appropriate venue. May the young man who was tragically killed rest in peace. May the young man who was seriously injured make a full recovery. My thoughts and prayers go out to all impacted by this tragedy, especially their families! I remain unconvinced that this was the finger of God killing one and injuring another to prove a point about the casino/Question A, unions vs. non-unions, or illegal immigrants in Maryland’s workforce. Thoughtless People: it is very likely the friends and families of these men will read this article and thus your comments… please put things in perspective and say a prayer for them instead of complaining!

    • beachgirl11

      Well said Angie I agree with you a hundred percent as my husband is employed there and is having a hard time with this all. Prayers to all!

    • Joana F. Joasil

      AGREE 110% Ms. Angie!!! Very well said!!!!!

  • PeopleTheseDays

    you all are idiots. this is NOT about whether Maryland should have a casino or not…this is about a person losing their life. quit your political-fueled angst and show some compassion for this man and his family.

    • Eddie H

      Yes, this was a construction accident that would have happened the same way reguardless of of the type of building that is being constructed. The same incident could have happened with a grocery store or a school. People should think before they post.

  • Bubba

    May sound like a stupid comment, but how do they know he’s dead if they can’t get to his body? Hard to tell if he’s buried under a wall.

    • pigeon

      Yes, that is a stupid comment. Look at the picture real close!

    • Ken

      Looks like a rebar reinforced concrete wall to me which is at least 8 inches thick. Sad to say there won’t be much of a body left. My prayers go out to the family of this man. I hope whoever is responsible, if anyone, is held accountable.

      • Ken

        Hey Tom shouldn’t the county inspectors have been onsite?

      • Ken

        My old buddy Tom. The comment was not meant to be unfeeling and am sorry if it came across that way. I was witness to a targic industrial accident with a similar outcome. This accident took me back to that moment and I apologize that it came across that way.

      • Tom

        “won’t be much of a body left” did you really have to say that, Ken? Really?

  • pigeon

    God is saying something!

    • Eddie H

      Yes he is, but I think what he’s saying here is that we need to have more safety on construction sites and make it a higher priority then greed.

  • pigeon

    Prayers for the families/loved ones of both workers.

  • Brad

    This is an omen.

    First the residents of the area fought to get this on the ballot as they didn’t want it in their neighborhood. Then it was voted on and the residents lost now this is the second accident there and it has a long way yet to being built.

    This casino is doomed from the start. Doesn’t belong in a residential area. Move it to the racetrack where it belongs. Nothing good will EVER come from this casino.

  • slots slots slots

    First, to the family of the man who died and the man injured, thoughts and prayers to both…..

    To BRAD, PIGEON, courtney, greta and any other idiot posting comments about the casino…..SLOTS ARE COMING SO DEAL WITH IT OR MOVE!!!!

    Pigeon, your the worst one…..wah wahh gambling can ruin a family, “i know personally” , look just because your a recovering gambling addict and lost your family to card games doesnt mean the rest of the state cant have slots, i guess we should get rid of alcohol, cigarettes, video games, soda/caffeine, food, s8x, the internet, shopping malls/stores and work/jobs because ALL of those things are also ADDICTING…..gimme a break man, the rest of the state/country/world shouldnt have to suffer because people like yourself have no self control and cant control your impulses… for question A…..oh wait we already did and it passed!!!!!!

    • pigeon

      You are an a$$. I don’t gamble, don’t believe in gambling and sure as heck I’m not addicted to nor have ever been addicted to gambling. My but you are judgemental! As for the rest of your comments I can only say your parents should have stopped s8x nine months before you were born!

  • Chad

    Thought and prayers are for the men and family effected by this accident.

    To those who are trying to use this as a political platform, get over it, it was voted on and it passed, I’m a resident and I voted for it.

    I’m one who would like to know how the accident happened, where were the inspectors? Was it an accident or did someone opposed to the slots decide to take matters into their own hands?

  • Casino

    The casino was sold to Marylanders as providing jobs for its citizens. Article mentions workers who are not Marylanders??

    Thoughts and prayers for those affected by this tragic accident.

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