Full statement from Messer on casino collapse

First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with the workers who were involved in the accident earlier today and their families. We are grateful to the first responders and those providing the medical attention they need during this difficult time. 

Right now the cause of the incident remains unknown. Investigations by OSHA, structural engineers, our safety team and other officials are ongoing, and together with Rock Ohio Caesars and our construction partners we are cooperating fully.   

Our top priority is to ensure everyone at our jobsites can return home safely to their families at the end of each day.  We have stringent safety processes and protocols in place to ensure our jobsites remain safe and our structures secure.

The overall safety record of the company is excellent and Messer ranks well below the national incident rate.  Since 2006 we have participated in more than 70 inspections by OSHA without violation. As it pertains to this jobsite, we've worked approximately 150,000 hours with only one lost time incident relating to a worker who suffered a heat-related illness. 

The work taking place today was in accordance with a project schedule that has been in place for several months, and which has had the full support of all contractors involved.

We will share additional information as it becomes available. 

We are committed to completing this project safely.