Construction workers had been dying at a rate of one every six weeks in the $32 billion building boom on the Las Vegas Strip. But deaths stopped last year after the Las Vegas Sun exposed serious safety flaws on the sites and detailed how lax oversight by safety regulators failed to prevent accidents.
The stories forced state and federal investigations and became the subject of hearings in the U.S. House and Senate. Sens. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Harry Reid and others sent a letter to President Bush demanding safety reforms in the Labor Department.
As the Sun pursued the story, the newspaper reported on cozy relationships existing between safety regulators and builders. Angered by the revelations and continuing death toll, workers walked off the job at MGM Mirage's CityCenter, shutting down the largest private commercial development in U.S. history until the contractors agreed to safety improvements.
Twelve workers had died in 18 months. But after the improvements, the deaths stopped. No workers have died since June 2008.
This page features the Sun's series, which includes stories, a video, an interactive and documents from OSHA concerning the deaths, plus follow-up stories.
- Q+A: Filmmaker discusses worker safety, deaths on Strip construction sites
- Saturday, October 22, 2016
- Man who died in possible construction-related incident identified
- Sunday, August 2, 2015
- Construction worker who fell to death identified
- Wednesday, August 21, 2013
- Metro investigating death at Summerlin construction site
- Tuesday, August 20, 2013
- Mother continues legal crusade for son killed in 2007 construction death
- Thursday, June 13, 2013
- Coroner ID’s man killed in construction accident
- Thursday, April 25, 2013
- OSHA investigating construction-related fatality in Las Vegas
- Tuesday, April 23, 2013
- State officials investigating cause of fatal tunnel breach
- Tuesday, June 12, 2012
- Execs, workers disagree on level of construction safety
- Tuesday, July 6, 2010
- New OSHA office means more enforcement
- Friday, June 18, 2010
- Law Quarterly: Feds open facility due to state OSHA’s problems
- Mother calls for criminal probes in workplace safety cases
- Wednesday, May 19, 2010
- Worker safety training plan sent back for a rewrite
- Friday, November 27, 2009
- State OSHA lambasted by House committee
- Friday, October 30, 2009
- Agency faces greater federal oversight if improvements aren’t made
- OSHA plans new Vegas office to monitor workplace safety
- Thursday, October 29, 2009
- What’s at stake in House hearing on OSHA
- Tuesday, October 27, 2009
- Panel to review documented problems in state agency, hear emotional testimony on deaths