Posted: Nov 7, 2012 5:22 PM by Josh Breslow
Updated: Nov 7, 2012 7:11 PM
A Lexington man hurt earlier this year when a floor collapsed at the construction site of a Cincinnati casino is one of four people now suing the project's builders.
January 27, 2012 was the day that changed Damon Robinson's life forever.
"I heard like a sound, like a click, and the deck that I was standing on, I saw it fly above my head," Robinson told LEX 18. "Somebody could've been killed. It was very serious."
A 60-foot by 60-foot section of floor gave way at the Horseshoe Casino construction site in downtown Cincinnati. At least a dozen workers, including Robinson fell move than 25 feet, as liquid concrete poured over them.
"It just buried us, pouring over the top of our head," Robinson said. "It was Hell. It was just Hell."
Robinson and three of the other men hurt that day have now filed a lawsuit, claiming as a result, they suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and are in financial ruins.
The four accuse Cincinnati-based Messer Construction Company of ordering workers to pour concrete in the rain and freezing cold, leading to disastrous results.
"Somebody needs to be held accountable for it. That's how I feel," Robinson said.
The lawsuit claims the Lexington father of four has recurring nightmares and that the sight of steel support beams and concrete terrify him.
"When I walk into a building, all I see is steel beams, bolts, structure bars, support systems, holding the building up. Now, imagine that falling on you," Robinson said.
Robinson told LEX 18 that he now works on a tobacco farm in Nicholasville.
"It's a great pay decrease, but you know it's something to get by," said Robinson.
Still on pain medication, the 36-year-old said he just wants to get his life back on track: "I'm hoping that justice can be served."
The lawsuit accuses other construction companies on the project of inadequately overseeing safety. The men are asking for a jury trial and an unspecified amount in damages.
After the incident, four companies, including Messer, were cited for safety violations.
A spokesperson for Messer Construction declined comment on the lawsuit.