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Nevada Toughens Safety Laws In Response to Work Fatalities

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Nevada lawmakers on June 7 agreed on proposals for increased workplace safety penalties and enforcement after a string of construction deaths in 2007 and 2008 along the Las Vegas Strip grabbed national headlines. A state legislative subcommittee proposes higher fines, added state Occupational Safety and Health Administration enforcement authority, local or state attorney general investigation of workplace fatalities and mandatory family member notification on fatal accident findings. Six jobsite deaths within 18 months at the $8.5-billion CityCenter project led to a high-profile Southern Nevada Building Trades strike in 2008 that ended with mandatory 10-hour OSHA training, which Nevada since has made mandatory for all construction workers within 15 days of hire; supervisors must undergo 30 hours of training.

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