A construction safety oversight board meeting was held Wednesday to discuss the safety of construction equipment and workers at the Nevada state Capitol building in Las Vegas.
Brian Sandoval signed a bill that will establish the Board of Construction Safety and Security on Jan. 1, 2019.
Sandoval’s bill directs the board to:Develop a framework to determine whether a contractor’s compliance with the building codes is reasonable.
A plan to require contractors to use safety measures that are consistent with best practices and the construction standards set by the State Department of Buildings and the Architectural Institute of America.
Require the Board to establish a process to ensure the use of approved safety equipment and materials in building construction.
Sandivos bill directs that the board’s chairperson be appointed by the governor.
The board’s members are expected to include:•Bobby Haney, the director of the Nevada Department of Transportation;•Robert Stelzer, a former Nevada Department and state auditor;•Dana Gribble, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and former president of the National Association of State Construction Officials;•John T. Cottam, former state attorney general;•Kevin C. Schulman, the president of U.K.-based engineering consulting firm KPMG;•Joseph D. Daugherty, former secretary of state;•Scott M. Ewing, the former U,S.
Department of Agriculture secretary;•Christopher D. Haney III, the state’s former assistant secretary of housing and community development;•Brian A. Brown, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to housing;•Sandra F. Chivers, the chair of the U-M Center for the Study of Human Rights;•James M. DeWine, the executive director of Community and Public Sector Organizations in Las Venegas;•Ronald C. Karp, a longtime board member;•Jeffrey A. Biddle, a member of the board since 1987.
The bill’s sponsor, Republican Assemblyman Paul G. Paterno, said the legislation will help protect Nevadans.
Paterno said the state needs to develop a plan to ensure construction crews don’t end up in the path of a building collapse.