A welding inspector fell to his death today while working at the construction site for the new Summerlin Mall. News 3's Gerard Ramalho has more from the construction site including the victim's name. News 3 has learned the victim was Mark Lovett, a Las Vegas resident who was working as welding inspector.
LAS VEGAS (AP & News3) —
Las Vegas police say a worker is dead after falling at a construction site in Summerlin.
Officer Lawrence Hadfield says the man fell at about 8:50 a.m. Tuesday on the 10000 block of Summerlin Centre Drive. That's near the Red Rock casino.
The 9-1-1 call came in right around 8:45 Tuesday morning with Metro responding to the scene of a worker down at the site of the future shops at Summerlin.
News 3 has learned the victim was Mark Lovett, a Las Vegas resident who was working as welding inspector.
Site developer, the Howard Hughes Corporation issued a statement today that reads in part:
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of the individual and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time. The Howard Hughes Corporation is dedicated to the safety of all workers on our construction projects."
Work at the 1.6 million square foot mall resumed this year after shutting down for several years due to the bad economy. Completion of the project is slated for late 2014.
For now though, Occupational Safety and Health Administration has put a temporary stop on all construction until it can determine exactly how and why Lovett died.
Hadfield didn't have further details about the circumstances of the fall, the construction site or the worker.