LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Today, the Division of Industrial Relations has announced that violation of required workplace health and safety measures has resulted in Nevada OSHA issuing notices of citation and penalty to the following businesses:
The citations were issued after officials observed noncompliance with one or more requirements of general and industry-specific guidance and directives during both an initial observation and a follow up visit by division officials. The employers were provided a notice and a request for compliance during the first visit. Upon observation of ongoing noncompliance during a follow up visit, a formal investigation was opened with the employer.
The businesses are WalMart near Charleston and Decatur boulevards and Plant World on West Charleston Boulevard near Jones Boulevard.
WalMart was fined $12,145 and Plant World was fined $4,858.
In addition, a notice was provided indicating that in the event of future noncompliance, the Administrator may issue an order requiring the business to cease all activity at that location during this state of emergency under NRS 618.545(1) until the business has established and implemented operating procedures to comply with the requirements.
Follow up visits have been conducted at 310 businesses where Nevada OSHA officials found that 93% of those locations are now in compliance. Eleven businesses have been issued citations. Follow up visits this week will focus on pools, casinos, strip malls and large shopping malls, pharmacies and other establishments that have been the subject of multiple complaints filed by employees.
Since initial observations to determine compliance with mandated health and safety measures began, Division of Industrial Relations officials have visited 3,508 business establishments in northern and southern Nevada. The compliance rate for all business sectors statewide at time of initial observation has increased to 87 percent, with an 88 percent compliance rate in northern Nevada, and 85 percent in the south.
Division officials are also monitoring trends to determine the effectiveness of educational outreach and request for voluntary compliance with health and safety measures during the initial observation and are noting the following:
- Casino-hotel pools: 55% initial compliance, 83% follow up compliance
- Water parks: 50% initial compliance, 100% follow up compliance
- Grocery Stores: 82% initial compliance, 91% follow up compliance
- Gyms: 88% initial compliance, 85% percent follow up compliance