F1 construction worker killed in Las Vegas while setting up grand prix circuit

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers were called to the scene at the Bellagio Fountains on Saturday

Kieran Jackson
Monday 25 September 2023 17:33 BST
<p>A man has died working on construction ahead of the Las Vegas Grand Prix (pictured: paddock building site) </p>

A man has died working on construction ahead of the Las Vegas Grand Prix (pictured: paddock building site)

A man working on construction for this November’s Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix has tragically died after suffering a “major laceration to the neck.”

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department were called to the Bellagio Fountains area on Saturday morning – at 11:53am – after a worker was injured.

The man, whose age has not been released, was transported to a local hospital but was later pronounced dead, as reported by ABC News.

A spokesperson for the police confirmed the worker was involved in construction for the Las Vegas race circuit. The grand prix weekend is being held on the iconic Strip on 16-18 November.

Further details are yet to be made public. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will investigate the incident, police said.

When approached by The Independent, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department stated: “On September 23, 2023, at approximately 11:53 a.m., LVMPD officers responded to the 3600 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard regarding an injured worker. The individual was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died.

“The identification and cause of manner of death will be released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.”

Formula 1 has not responded to a request for comment when approached by The Independent.

Preparation for the Las Vegas race has seen numerous roads closed while construction takes place, with the project as a whole costing an estimated $560m.

The 3.8-mile track passes a host of famous Sin City landmarks, including the Bellagio, Caesars Palace and the new MGM Sphere.

F1 is returning to Vegas for the first time since 1982, when the Caesars Palace Grand Prix was held in the car park of the famous hotel.

The race takes place at 10pm local time (6am GMT) on Saturday 18 November.

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