Injuries twice national average
- By Alexandra Berzon, Las Vegas Sun
Perini executives say the injury rates are higher than national averages because the company is more likely than most to send workers with relatively minor injuries for medical care, which results in more reported injuries.
Perini points out that its rate of lost work days ,is lower than national averages.
Others involved in improving safety on the site, however, say that Perini’s lost work-day figures may be lower in part because the company’s projects are so large it can offer more job reassignment — known as “light duty” — for injured workers, which cuts down on days spent without working.
The injuries are occurring on projects in which safety concerns led to a one-day walkout June 3 after a ninth worker died at a Las Vegas Perini project since 2006.
Workers, union leaders and national safety experts have noted that safety problems stem in part from conditions that prevail at many Strip construction projects: crowded sites, heavy reliance on overtime, an influx of out-of-town workers, and tight deadlines.