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Construction of Grand Lisboa Palace remains suspended

Ten days after a construction worker fell 33 feet and died, all construction activities at the $4.6 billion Grand Lisboa Palace in Macau were reportedly suspended pending official findings by the residence's Bureau of Labor.

A 47-year-old worker from mainland China lost his life as property owner SJM Holdings Limited said it could not specify when construction on the 2,000-room Kotai Street property would resume.

"SJM [Holdings Limited] is working with the Labor Secretariat to conduct the investigation," said a statement from SJM Holdings Limited, which is responsible for 19 gambling properties in former Portuguese residences including Jai Alai, Grand Lisboa Macao, Babylon Casino, Lark Macao and Casino Golden Dragon. "SJM [Holdings Limited] is deeply saddened by the accident and expresses our deepest condolences to the family of the workers. The company is currently helping contractors to reach an agreement with the workers' families on compensation issues."

Grand Lisboa Palace has reportedly begun to emerge from the 17-acre site and is expected to welcome its first guests in the second half of next year. Built to compete with nearby integrated casino resorts, such as Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited's $3.2 billion Studio City Macau Development and Sands China Limited's $2.4 billion, the building will feature conference and conference venues as well as shopping, dining and entertainment facilities, with gambling venues set to offer about 1,000 slots alongside about 700 game tables.

"We will continue to conduct regular inspections, ensure a safety work cycle, and strengthen supervision to ensure that all contractors/subcontractors on site strictly adhere to all safety requirements to protect workers," a statement from SJM Holdings Limited said.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

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