OSHA loses most of Monte Carlo fire case on appeal
- by Alexandra Berzon, Las Vegas Sun
The construction company cited by the state for worker safety violations in connection with the January fire atop the Monte Carlo was largely cleared of responsibility in an appeal decision this month.
The state's Occupational Safety and Health Administration had fined Union Erectors, a structural steel company, $18,000, saying the company had violated nine workplace safety laws.
But the OSHA Review Board — made up of labor and management representatives appointed by the governor, including an MGM Mirage official who recused himself from the case because the fire was at one of his company's resorts — overturned all but one of Union Erectors' citations, reducing the fines to $3,500.
The review board's reversal follows a pattern. The Sun reported Monday that nearly all violations by employers that have been brought before the OSHA appeals body have been overturned this year.