Nevada's safety and health program is in jeopardy

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a report revealing numerous concerns with Nevada's occupational safety and health program, including the program's failure to issue appropriate willful and repeat citations, poorly trained inspectors and lack of follow-up to determine whether hazards have been abated. The program's evaluation suggests an urgent need to correct oversight and change all phases of Nevada's occupational safety and health program.

Between January 2008 and June 2009, 25 construction workers were killed at job sites along the Las Vegas strip. OSHA's investigation was prompted by those deaths, as well as extensive media coverage revealing Nevada OSHA's poor handling of fatality investigations and several complaints filed with OSHA about Nevada's state plan administration.

"The safety of workers must be priority one, and the U.S. Department of Labor is stepping up review of state OSHA plans to ensure that is the case," says U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "I am pleased that Nevada OSHA cooperated fully throughout the evaluation process."