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Vdara, window washing company face fines for accident

Reported by: Sergio Avila
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Updated: 1/11/2013 8:34 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Two companies, including the Vdara Hotel, face fines from OSHA after four people were trapped on a window washing rig 35 floors up in July.

Both the Vdara Hotel and the window washing company, Sentinel Maintenance, were fined thousands by Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which recommended citations for both companies. This report shows that emergency measures saved the men from falling.

According to a safety narrative News 3 received from OSHA, the problem stemmed from lack of training.

Two window washers were operating this lift for two maintenance workers, who needed to fix a window. The maximum load for the scaffold is 750 pounds.

The report says that's typically safe for two workers and their tools. According to OSHA, the weight limit was exceeded by the extra two people and the lift started slipping.

The men were saved from falling further when the emergency brake kicked in. It took fire crews five hours to get them down safely.

OSHA found the employers didn't provide written work procedures for the safe use of the lift as part of worker training.

According to the paperwork, the Vdara didn't ensure their employees went through the proper training until after the incident.

Because of the lack of training and guides, OSHA fined the Vdara nearly $3,000 for a serious violation. It also fined Sentinel Maintenance nearly $4,500 for four violations.



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