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
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.