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Nevada OSHA issues fines following Trump rally in Minden

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Posted at 1:58 PM, Oct 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 09:45:56-04

NEVADA (KTNV) — Nevada OSHA has issued over $5,000 in fines following a Donald Trump rally in Northern Nevada last month.

Douglas County was fined $2,950 and ABS Aviation, Inc. was fined $2,603 last week in connection to the "Great American Comeback Event" at the Minden-Tahoe Airport which took place on Sept. 12, the state Department of Business and Industry confirms.

Each was penalized for:

Public attendance to a live event was held without the submission of a safety plan for approval by the Division of Industrial Relations

Also cited last week, 95 Motorsports Complex, LLC in Fernley. That business was fined $2,603 for a live event.

Read the full OSHA report below.

FULL REPORT

Three citations for violations of required COVID-19 workplace health and safety measures were issued last week by the Division of Industrial Relations’ Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Agency officials monitor and enforce compliance through in-field observations and through investigations opened in response to complaints and referrals filed with OSHA.

The citations were issued after an investigation was initiated as a result of a complaint or referral filed with Nevada OSHA alleging noncompliance with the requirement to submit a Preparedness and Safety Plan to the Division of Industrial Relations for approval prior to the event. Each of the citations issued below occurred while the Declaration of Emergency Directive 02 was in effect, which limited gatherings to no more than 50 people and required submission and approval of a plan for live events to the Department of Business and Industry, Division of Industrial Relations.

Declaration of Emergency Directive 033, which supersedes Directive 021, requires events occurring after October 1 with attendance exceeding 250 to submit a Preparedness and Safety Plan approved by the local health district to the Division for review prior to the event. A Preparedness and Safety Plan Submission Guide and other information related to Directive 033 can be found on the Nevada Health Response website.

Douglas County
1146 Airport Road, Minden, NV 89423
Penalty: $ 2,950
Violation Summary: Public attendance to a live event was held without the submission of a safety plan for approval by the Division of Industrial Relations

ABS Aviation, Inc.
1146 Airport Road, Minden, NV 89423
Penalty: $ 2,603
Violation Summary: Public attendance to a live event was held without the submission of a safety plan for approval by the Division of Industrial Relations

95 Motorsports Complex, LLC
1965 South Hwy 95A, Fernley, NV 89408
Penalty: $2,603
Violation Summary: Public attendance to a live event was held without the submission of a safety plan for approval by the Division of Industrial Relations

Nevada OSHA has issued a total of 175 notices of citation and penalty related to violations of required COVID-19 health and safety measures in effect since mid-March.

OBSERVATION FINDINGS: INITIAL

Since observations began in late-June to determine compliance with mandated health and safety measures under the Governor’s Declaration of Emergency Directive 024 and Nevada OSHA’s Guidance for Roadmap to Recovery, DIR officials have conducted 9,552 initial visits at business establishments finding a cumulative 90 percent statewide compliance rate, a 90 percent compliance rate in northern Nevada and 87 percent compliance in southern Nevada.

During the week beginning October 19, officials conducted 254 initial visits across the state at a wide range of business sectors finding an 88 percent compliance rate statewide, with 92 percent compliance in the north and 78 percent compliance in the south.

Cities with lower than average compliance last week include:

  • Las Vegas, 15 of 54 businesses were noncompliant- 72 percent compliance
  • Eureka, 9 of 15 businesses were noncompliant- 40 percent compliance

Industries with average or lower than average compliance last week include:

  • Government- 60 percent compliance
  • Convenience Store- 60 percent compliance
  • Grocery Store- 67 percent compliance
  • Hotels- 80 percent compliance
  • Restaurant- 82 percent compliance
  • Construction- 88 percent compliance

OBSERVATION FINDINGS: FOLLOW UP

Since observations to determine compliance with mandated health and safety measures began, Division officials have conducted 1,790 follow up visits finding a cumulative 96 percent statewide compliance rate with a 97 percent compliance rate in northern Nevada, and 93 percent in the south.

During the week beginning October 19, officials conducted 70 follow up visits finding 96 percent compliance statewide, 97 percent in the north and 83 percent in the south.

COMPLAINT DATA

In addition to the field observation process, Nevada OSHA continues to respond to complaints and referrals regarding face coverings, social distancing, cleaning and disinfection, and other areas of concern related to COVID-19 received by their offices.

Complaint data is available on the Division’s observation and complaint data dashboard. A link to the dashboard can be found on the homepage of the Division’s website http://dir.nv.gov [dir.nv.gov].

Workplace health and safety complaints can be reported to the Division by filing an online complaint at https://www.osha.gov/pls/osha7/eComplaintForm.html [osha.gov].

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYERS

The Division’s Safety Consultation and Training Section (SCATS) also offers free consultations to businesses to help them understand and implement the requirements in order to comply with the health and safety guidance and directives for all businesses, and specific requirements for each industry. SCATS can be reached by calling 1-877-4SAFENV.