Feds To Help Nev. Inspectors Review Safety At City Center

Federal safety officials have been called in to help Nevada inspectors complete a review of a massive casino construction project where six workers have died.

Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons says the federal involvement will speed
up inspection of MGM Mirage Inc.'s CityCenter project on the Las
Vegas Strip.

Since the inspection began on May 12, a sixth worker died on the job. A 39-year-old crane maintenance worker was crushed Saturday between the track of a construction crane and its counterweight system.

Gibbons called the request for federal help "proactive."

Federal inspectors will begin work June 11 on the more than $9 billion project.

They do not have jurisdiction in Nevada and will not be able to issue citations.

Workers at the site walked off the job early Tuesday demanding better safety from the site's general contractor Perini Building Co.

The strike ended Tuesday afternoon with a deal intended to
improve training and allow union representatives access to the work
site.


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