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Boring Co. cited, fined for multiple Vegas Loop OSHA safety violations

Mick Akers, Las Vegas Review-Journal on

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The Boring Co. is facing more than $100,000 in fines from multiple citations tied to workplace incidents at its Vegas Loop worksite.

A June 15 inspection by the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration, spurred by a complaint, detailed eight citations issued to the company, mainly tied to workers being burned by accelerants used in the concrete mix being used during tunneling operations.

Dale Kuykendall of the Sacramento, California-based JacksonLewis firm, representing The Boring Co. (TBC), sent a Nov. 21 letter to OSHA contesting all eight violations.

“In addition to TBC’s (The Boring Company’s) belief that Nevada OSHA has failed to establish that the alleged violations occurred, TBC contests all of the citations’ classifications, required abatement, abatement deadlines, proposed penalties, and every other matter subject to contest,” Kuykendall wrote.

Kuykendall wasn’t immediately available for further comment Tuesday.

Alleged violations

 

Up to 20 workers on the Encore tunnel site had been injured, according to documents obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“The chemical mixture was inadvertently sprayed onto approximately 10-15 employees soaking through their work clothing, absorbing into the skin resulting in skin irritation, skin rashes, and skin chemical burns,” the report stated.

The concrete mixture included various substances and chemicals including bentonite, fly ash, R 100 and Portland Cement, which was being pumped at a rate of 12,000 gallons per day.

The report notes that employees working in the boring operations were not provided with protective equipment and that the employer wasn’t ensuring workers wore proper eye or face protection when they were exposed to chemicals.

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