In Macau, officials have reportedly ordered Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited to suspend construction on the fifth hotel tower for its City of Dreams Macau development following a fatal accident on Friday.
According to a report from GGRAsia, the request from the Labour Affairs Bureau came after a 33-year-old construction worker from mainland China was killed on the development’s 30th floor as a result of being struck by a steel beam that had fallen approximately 33 feet.
“The Labour Affairs Bureau has issued the immediate suspension of all works at the construction site in order to protect the safety of other workers and ordered the contractor to immediately review the current occupational health and safety procedures and submit a detailed report of investigation,” read a statement from the Labour Affairs Bureau.
GGRAsia reported that the official statement also detailed that construction of the $1 billion hotel tower would only be permitted to resume once the Labour Affairs Bureau had issued an approval although it did not explain how long this process might take.
Designed by late Iraq-born architect Zaha Hadid, the coming hotel tower for City of Dreams has been christened Morpheus and was scheduled to open in April of 2018 offering approximately 780 rooms along with suites, duplex villas and “sky villas” while its high-speed elevator is due to transport visitors to an observation deck featuring views of the interior atrium.
GGRAsia reported that the fatal accident was only the latest to befall a gaming-related development in Macau after last month saw a worker lose his life at the under-construction Grand Lisboa Palace, which is being built by SJM Holdings Limited. Angela Leong On Kei, the casino-operating firm’s Managing Director, allegedly confirmed over the weekend that all work on this 2,000-room scheme remained suspended and that she was unable to confirm when efforts to complete the $4.6 billion project would resume.
The Morpheus incident moreover reportedly prompted the Labour Affairs Bureau to conduct snap inspections at 74 construction sites throughout the former Portuguese enclave that led to 20 of these being partially or completely shut down pending the introduction of improved safety measures. Officials did not detail the identities of the impacted sites although MGM China Holdings Limited, which is the local arm of American casino giant MGM Resorts International, declared on Monday that work on its $3.1 billion MGM Cotai development had not been affected by the recent examinations.