Nevada OSHA fines Elon Musk's Boring Company over safety violations in Vegas tunnel project

(UI) — Elon Musk's Boring Company incurred fines exceeding $112,000 due to safety breaches flagged by the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration during the construction of the Vegas Loop underground tunnel last year, Indianapolis’ WRTV reported.

During a recent inspection, OSHA revealed that over a dozen workers sustained injuries over two months, with approximately 10 to 15 workers experiencing skin reactions and burns due to unintended exposure to a chemical mixture. Notably, the report highlighted the absence of showers for affected workers and inadequate provision of personal protective equipment against chemical hazards.

In a statement to WRTV, Benjamin Leffel, a public policy professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, emphasized the necessity for rigorous oversight in large-scale private construction endeavors like the Vegas Loop. He expressed concerns regarding potential policy gaps and the implications of granting excessive discretion to private entities.

The Boring Company disputed all eight citations issued by OSHA, all classified as serious violations, indicating a significant risk of death or severe physical harm. Legal representatives from Jackson Lewis, acting on behalf of the Boring Company, contested the citations, disputing the alleged violations, classifications, proposed penalties, and other related matters.

Despite requests for comment, The Boring Company and Nevada OSHA refrained from providing further statements due to ongoing litigation.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority acknowledged the violations reported by The Boring Company and emphasized its commitment to ensuring the safety of all personnel involved in LVCVA projects. They stated that incidents were addressed promptly during a review conducted last summer, according to WRTV.

This story was originally published by WRTV.

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