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
"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
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