interviews with Alexandra Berzon of the Las Vegas Sun, who
received a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on CityCenter construction; Congressman George Miller, former chair of the
House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee; and
families of deceased workers.
CityCenter, located on the Las Vegas strip, is the largest privately funded construction project in the U.S. Round-the-clock
construction of CityCenter began in 2007. By June 2008, when
construction workers walked off the job, six CityCenter workers
had been killed on the site. The striking workers demanded and
were granted additional safety training and full access to the
site for union officials.
In May 2009, Berzon gave the Upton Sinclair Memorial Lecture at AIHce in Toronto, Ontario.
Cost of Construction is in production and is not yet scheduled for release.
Technological, Scientific Advances Key to Protecting
Workers, Suggests UMass Lowell Report
In January, University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Center for
Sustainable Protection published a report that analyzes the suc-cesses and failures of occupational health and safety regulations over the past 40 years. “Lessons Learned: Solutions for
Workplace Safety and Health” suggests that despite efforts by
OSHA and other workplace health and safety regulatory agencies, workers are not as safe as they could be and worker protections are not on par with the technological and scientific
developments made by OSHA. The report concludes that many
occupational injuries and illnesses could be prevented if toxic
chemicals, production processes and technologies were created
with worker health and safety in mind.
“We found that ineffective workplace health and safety protections are the result of conflicts between agencies, lack of
worker participation in decision-making processes, the politi-cization of science and the conflicts between economic and political interests,” says Professor David Kriebel, chair of the
UMass Lowell Department of Work Environment and lead author of the report, in a Feb. 4 UMass Lowell e-News article.
The report recommends several policies for enhancing the
safety of the workplace and health of workers, including promoting prevention through design, expanding labor/migrant
labor safety and health protections, increasing occupational
safety and health surveillance, and instituting a workplace
health and safety program that stresses injury and illness prevention and worker participation.
To read “Lessons Learned,” visit www.sustainableproduction.
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