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OSHA Plans New Nevada Office To Increase Oversight Of Nevada Worker Safety

Volume 8, Issue 14
November 18, 2009

During October 29, 2009 congressional testimony, the acting director of the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration stated that the federal agency plans to step up its monitoring of Nevada OSHA's efforts to improve workplace safety following a rash of worker deaths on the Las Vegas Strip. The testimony followed the federal agency's release of an extremely critical review of Nevada's program which requires the state agency to submit by November 20, 2009 a detailed action plan for improvement. Among the issues found by the report were inadequately trained investigators and a management culture that discouraged harsh penalties for companies found to have violated safety regulations.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor, after holding two days of hearings on the Las Vegas deaths, declared that "It is clear that there is something terribly wrong with Nevada's OSHA program." The Las Vegas Review-Journal announced on October 29, 2009 that a permanent federal OSHA office may be opened in Henderson.

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