Thursday, June 5, 2008

Protecting Vegas Construction Workers is Government’s Business, NY Mayor Says

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a call to action to government officials in Las Vegas and in the state of Nevada that they’re responsible for ensuring that workers remain safe on the job.

In the past 17 months, 10 construction workers have died while working on projects along the famed Las Vegas strip.

Two months ago, after a string of tragic construction fatalities shook New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave an address to the city’s building inspectors.

“Your job is to save lives,” Bloomberg said. “That means that it’s your duty to make sure that anyone reporting to any construction job ... shouldn’t have to worry about going home safely that night.

“And let me make it as clear as I can: Simply shrugging your shoulders and saying, ‘Well, after all, construction work is a dangerous occupation,’ is behavior that will not be tolerated from anyone.”

In Clark County, where 10 construction workers have died in accidents on the Las Vegas Strip in the past 17 months, no one has uttered words as forceful as Bloomberg’s. But last week, local officials did begin to question whether government could do more to protect workers. New York City is one place they can look for answers.

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