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Lumiere Place maintenance worker killed in elevator shaft fall

9:33 AM, Aug 24, 2011   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) - A maintenance engineer at the popular Lumiere Place Casino complex, on Lacledes Landing, was killed Tuesday evening after falling while he was working on an elevator shaft.

Killed in the accident was 49-year-old Mark Affsprung, of Edwardsville.  He was transported to St. Louis University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officials say Affsprung was working on an elevator shaft in the parking garage at the Pinnacle owned property around 9:00 p.m. Tuesday when he fell to the ground from scaffolding. 

Paramedics responded to the casino in the 900 block of North Fist at 9:08 p.m. and found the victim.

Police officials say the incident is being classified as an accidental death, but St. Louis Medical Examiners will make the final ruling after an autopsy scheduled for later today.

Federal officials are expected to be reviewing the incident as well. 

Lumiere Place General Manager and Vice President Jeff Babinski released the following statement:

"On behalf of everyone at Lumière Place and our sister property, River City Casino, we're deeply saddened by the loss of a Lumière Place team member. Last night an accident occurred in a work area inaccessible to the public. Our deepest sympathies go out to our team member's family."

KSDK

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