Workplace Heat Complaints Rise Sharply in June | Casinos & Gaming
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Workplace Heat Complaints Rise Sharply in June | Casinos & Gaming

Workplace Heat Complaints Rise Sharply in June | Casinos & Gaming
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Extreme heat in the Las Vegas Valley has prompted an increase in heat-related complaints to the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, including reports from a hotel-casino off the Strip.

OSHA has received numerous employee complaints about non-working air conditioners at OYO Las Vegas on Tropicana Avenue, according to department spokeswoman Teri Williams.

“Nevada OSHA has received several employee complaints and is investigating the situation to substantiate the allegations and ensure the employer is taking appropriate measures to address the issue,” Williams said in an emailed statement. “No formal investigation has been initiated at this time.”

OYO representatives did not respond to a request for comment by the time of publication of this article.

According to Williams, if an employer fails to provide an “adequate response” to an inquiry, or if the person providing the information provides further evidence that the employer’s response is false or does not adequately address the issue, a formal investigation may be launched.

The accusation comes as the region grapples with a heat wave that has brought record temperatures. The National Weather Service said temperatures reached 120 degrees on Sunday, a new high at Harry Reid International Airport, where temperatures are measured.

The number of workplace heat complaints has spiked this summer, OSHA data shows. According to the most recent OSHA data available, 127 heat complaints were filed in June, a 370 percent increase over the same period in 2023. Nearly 85 percent of the complaints were in Southern Nevada.

According to OSHA, the hotel and restaurant industry received the most complaints (about 35 percent).

According to the data, the number of heat complaints reached 234 in July 2023. This is a 234 percent increase compared to the previous year.

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