Union Leaders Say Federal Standards Not Enough On Falls

Union officials say a federal official visiting Las Vegas to meet with contractors about recent construction deaths should reconsider his position standards meant to prevent long falls.

The president of the District Council of Iron Workers for California, Nevada and other states said Monday that he's upset that the leader from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration isn't backing stricter standards for steel workers.

Joe Standley says federal standards that allow contractors not to have safety netting or a platform below workers if they are wearing a safety harness are not enough.

The standards are tighter in Nevada after state OSHA officials restored rules meant to shorten falls.

Standley appeared with other union leaders who drew attention to safety standards last week when workers went on a 1-day strike at two construction sites on the Las Vegas Strip.