Review Board Reverses Fines In Monte Carlo Fire

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The construction company fined by Nevada's Occupational Safety and Heath Administration after the Jan. 25 fire at the Monte Carlo casino-resort in Las Vegas has had its fines reduced on appeal.

OSHA fined Union Erectors $18,000 for nine violations, but a review board overturned all but one of the fines, reducing the penalty to $3,500.

The review board said there were not enough facts and evidence to establish that Union Erectors employees had failed to comply with safety standards.

Investigators have said the fire started when the company was welding, and stray bits of molten metal dropped on flammable parts of the exterior building facade.

The hotel remained closed for repairs until Feb. 15, costing some $100 million in damage and lost business, according to casino owner MGM Mirage Inc.

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Information from: Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.com

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