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Melissa Duran, Reporter

Deadly Accident at CityCenter Construction Site

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For the second time this week, a construction employee working on a development on the Las Vegas Strip was killed on the job.

A construction worker was killed just after 6 p.m. Thursday while he was working on an elevator shaft at the MGM-Mirage's CityCenter mega-resort going up next to Bellagio.  

The Clark County Fire Department says the worker probably never saw it coming. The Perini construction employee was crushed by some of the equipment on the site, which was witnessed by his co-workers.

Construction came to a stop on the main hotel and casino portion of the CityCenter project after a fatal accident left many wondering what went wrong.

One of their own was killed while greasing a manlift elevator shaft on the tower. The counterweight system came down on top of him.

Scott Allison, with CCFD, said, "To literally lift a cage full of construction workers into the air, you can imagine that counterweight system is very, very heavy and moves at a very good pace when it is moving."

The Perini construction worker died on the scene with reports of massive injuries.

It's not the first time this project with 3,600 construction workers has dealt with a fatal accident. In February, two workers were killed on this same site when a 3,000-pound retaining wall fell on top of them.

The Clark County Fire Department says with so many projects going up in the valley, accidents like this are sadly inevitable.

"They know their job is dangerous. They know they can come to work in the morning and maybe not go home at nigh. They know the dangers that come with construction," Scott Allison continued.

And though the workers know the risk, it doesn't make it any easier to lose a brother.

Eyewitness News was told the victim was wearing his safety hat and vest. Emergency crews are calling this a bizarre accident.

This is the third construction accident in the past week on the Las Vegas Strip. On Monday, three floors of the parking garage collapsed at the Fontainbleau. Nobody was hurt.

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