Work to resume at damaged Horseshoe Casino Cleveland parking deck

CLEVELAND - Job-safety officials have allowed the resumption of work on an undamaged portion of a Cleveland casino parking desk that suffered a partial collapse last week.

No one was injured in Friday's collapse of a 60-foot by 60-foot second-level section of the deck while concrete was being poured.

The casino owner said Monday that it has received the green light from city and federal inspectors to continue work on an unaffected portion of the parking deck.

A full investigation by Rock Ohio Caesars Construction Team, OHSA and City officials continues today to determine the cause of Friday's collapse of a 60' x 60' section of parking structure. The team is analyzing the conditions at the site to determine the nature and extent of damage in the affected area. With permission from OSHA and the City of Cleveland, limited construction activities will resume today on portions of the deck unaffected by the collapse. To ensure worker safety, personnel will stay clear of areas directly below the deck forms as well as adjacent areas of the incident.

The structure is independent of Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, and the incident will not affect the opening of the casino in March 2012.

The cause of the collapse is under investigation. The parking deck is across the street from the casino, initially being located in a renovated department store.

Horseshoe Casino Cleveland is scheduled to open in March, becoming the first casino in Ohio. Casinos also are planned in Cincinnati, Columbus and Toledo.

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