The government of Macau has ordered the immediate suspension of all lifting work at the under-construction Grand Lisboa Palace casino hotel following a fatal accident leading into the weekend.
According to local reports, a construction worker on the fourth-floor terrace was killed at the Cotai Strip site on Friday due to being struck by a falling glass curtain wall. The employee was later pronounced dead after being taken to hospital, which prompted the enclave’s Labour Affairs Bureau to immediately issue an order to cease all lifting work until it could conduct a review into safety standards and possibly issue new guidelines.
The Labour Affairs Bureau has reportedly explained that it now expects to receive a full report into the incident from casino operator SJM Holdings Limited and its building contractor but did not specify what could happen once it had carried out its review.
Ambrose So Shu Fai, Chief Executive Officer for SJM Holdings Limited, told GGRAsia that he expects to open the $3.9 billion Grand Lisboa Palace in 2018 after finishing construction by the end of next year. The finished venue is expected to offer some 2,000 rooms while Angela Leong On Kei, the operator’s Executive Director, recently revealed that VIP play is set to be a prominent feature of any future operations.