After 25 workers were killed in construction accidents in Las Vegas from January 2008 to June 2009, federal officials have decided to investigate workplace safety programs throughout the country.
The review of Nevada’s workplace safety programs has revealed that inspectors were not well informed on construction safety hazards and that they did not issue citations for repeat violations. The review was prompted when the Las Vegas Sun exposed major safety flaws on local work sites and too little regulation.
The findings of the Nevada review has led investigators to review the safety programs in 27 other states.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration enforces worker safety standards for about 60% of job sites in the country, and the rest and overseen by the states.
Source: The State- “Nevada construction deaths prompt safety review”- October 29, 2009.