Ceiling collapse kills one worker, injures another


Authorities said one worker has died and another has been injured after a section of ceiling collapsed at a civic center in the region.

The Holland Department of Public Safety said the collapse Tuesday at the Holland Civic Center killed 38-year-old Ruben Gomez-Vazques of Grand Rapids. He was pronounced dead at the scene after being trapped in debris for about 15 minutes.

It said injured worker 41-year-old Rafael Hernandez-Alvarez of Grand Rapids has been released from a hospital.

Both men worked for X-treme Demolition, a subcontractor on the 63-year-old arena's renovation.

Capt. Keith Mulder said the two were demolishing a small section of cement floor on the second level when it collapsed and both workers fell.

General contractor GO Construction said Wednesday that renovations have been halted while the collapse is investigated.

Mayor Nancy DeBoer called the collapse "a very tragic accident."

The civic center built in 1954 is undergoing a $16.5 million renovation. It hosts sporting events, concerts, theatrical productions and other programs.

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