Vigil To Mark Casino Garage Collapse 10 Years Later

By NBC10.com Staff and Wire Reports
|  Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013  |  Updated 5:46 PM EDT
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Remembering the construction accident that killed four workers in Atlantic City.

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Remembering the construction accident that killed four workers in Atlantic City.

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Relatives and union members will remember four tradesmen who were killed in the collapse of an Atlantic City casino parking garage ten years ago.

The South Jersey Building Trades Council has scheduled a march and vigil Wednesday.

The event will commemorate the lives of iron worker Jimmy Bigelow Sr., 29, of Egg Harbor Township; iron worker Michael Wittland, 53, of Pleasantville; cement mason Scott Pietrosante, 21, of Buena Vista Township; and cement mason Robert Tartaglio Jr., 42, of Galloway Township.

The 2,400-space garage was being built as part of an expansion at Tropicana Casino Resort.

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that the lack of steel reinforcements in the concrete and inadequate support for the completed floors of the parking garage were to blame for the 2003 collapse.

The Press of Atlantic City reports Trades Council president Will Pauls said in a statement that the union promised it would not forget the families of those killed.

“We promised we would not forget the families of those workers who did not return home from work on Oct. 30, 2003,” Pauls told the Press of Atlantic City. “This event shows we are keeping our word in honoring the memories of our fallen brothers in the recognition of their sacrifice and that of their families.” 

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