Ironworker’s Fatal Accident Shakes Bellagio Fountain Construction Site


In tragic news from Las Vegas, Tizoc Antonio, an ironworker aged 37, lost his life in a severe work-related accident at the Bellagio fountain, the Clark County Coroner’s office confirmed on Monday. The fatal wound, a significant incision to the neck, was deemed accidental by officials.

Antonio was a member of Ironworkers Local 433 and had an impressive portfolio of constructions across the city, which includes renowned projects like the Sphere and Durango Casino & Resort. Sadly, the father of three was only a few hours into his first day at the much anticipated Bellagio Grandstand project.

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Reports came in during the early hours of Saturday morning, as preparations for the inaugural F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix were underway. The event, scheduled for November 16-18, prompted the construction of a grandstand over the Bellagio Lake, a prime tourist spot renowned for the resort’s famous fountains. This installation by MGM Resorts International is intended to provide VIP race viewing experience.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police reported that Antonio suffered from a major laceration to the neck while on duty at the site. Following an immediate transportation to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada’s Trauma Center, he was sadly pronounced dead upon arrival.

The aftermath of the incident will see the Occupational Safety and Health Administration spearheading an official investigation. With the impending enquiry, it is undeniable that the tragic loss has cast a shadow over the soaring costs of the project – a whopping $560 million, as extrapolated by the Hollywood Reporter.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.