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Family of man killed inspecting Summerlin site to file lawsuit

Reported by: Reed Cowan
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Updated: 2/18/2014 5:05 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- The family of a man killed while doing a safety inspection of The Shops at Summerlin is preparing for a legal battle against the Howard Hughes Corp.

News 3 has obtained a copy of the lawsuit about to be served to the Howard Hughes Corp. and others in connection with the death of welding inspector Mark Lovett.

The Lovett family says a three-line statement of sympathy from the Corporation is simply not enough for a life lost.

“We got a three-line sentence on a piece of paper. ‘We are sorry for your loss,’” said Carolyn Lovett.

She said that was the last time she heard from the Howard Hughes Corporation after her son died working to make sure The Shops at Summerlin are safe.

That was Aug. 20 -- the last day Carolyn Lovett saw her son alive.

“He walked in to my bathroom, said ‘I love you mom. I'll see you tonight,’” she said. “I could never imagine that within three hours my son would be gone.”

Mark Lovett was summoned to inspect a weld 22-feet up in the air. His family says Lovett was not told of demolition done on part of the building days earlier.

No tape, his family says, was put out to warn him a section of steel had been cut. Mark walked where the cuts had been made.

“When he stepped on it, he just went down. There was no saving him,” Carolyn Lovett said.

News 3 obtained photos from the very spot where Mark Lovett fell. Metal that should have been strong enough to hold him was peeled back like a tuna can.

Lovett's mother says her son suffered for a half-hour before his heart stopped.

“Blood just everywhere ... the kind of tremendous pain ... so many people could have prevented his death,” Carolyn Lovett said.

“That door ... somebody was going to die that day,” Carolyn Lovett said. “He just happened to be the victim that walked on there, and he's the one that died.”

Mark Lovett's death was the subject of an OSHA investigation. Lovett's attorneys say a $5,000 fine was all OSHA demanded for Lovett's death.

Not enough accountability, according to the mother of the victim.

“Somebody should be accountable,” Carolyn Lovett said. “You kill someone in a car, you're held accountable. You're going to cut a door, kill my son ... you can't be brought up on charges? It’s wrong.”


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