Eldorado Resorts should fire Digney York for unsafe practices & unlicensed contractors

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The Eldorado Resorts’ out-of-state contractor hired five unlicensed contractors, and was cited for safety violations including a "serious" violation involving asbestos handling.

Virginia-based Digney York Associates, LLC was hired to renovate the hotel-casino Circus Circus this year, but citations, footage and photos reveal that the workers are not following OSHA standards, which puts their workers and potentially the public at risk.

Join us in demanding that the Eldorado Resorts hire companies and contractors who follow OSHA laws and regulations that protect workers and the public, and that they fire them when they don't. 

Digney York was cited by OSHA on April 24, 2018 for two violations. One was described as a “serious” violation involving asbestos handling. The other was a violation of Nevada Revised Statutes requiring workers to present a valid completion card that shows completion of an OSHA-mandated safety training course within 15 days of hiring.

Additional observed hazards and violations include:

- forcing traffic to drive unexpectedly into a suicide lane to avoid obstacles without providing any traffic notification or flaggers,
- not controlling their work zones,
- not ensuring their workers are wearing the required protective gear,
- and hiring unlicensed out-of-state contractors.

“(Cars and trucks) were veering into the middle lane, so that could cause a head-on collision with the opposing traffic,” said Northwest Regional Organizing Coalition Market Representative Jake McNeill. “They were not controlling their work zones, which is when accidents happen. Most reputable companies would not take such risks.”

Northern Nevada Building and Construction Trades leaders told the Circus Circus owners Gregg Carano and CEO Gary Carano about the safety violations they had observed the out-of-state contractors making on April 26, but the Circus Circus has continued working with Digney York, which has made no observable changes in safety practices.

The Nevada State Contractor Board fined Digney York $21,500 for knowingly entering into a contract with five unlicensed contractors to work on Circus Circus’s renovations. The unlicensed contractors included:
- All Shores Flooring, Inc.,
- Ideal Renovations and Construction Management
- Zap’s Electrical, LLC,
- Wall Tech Renovations, Inc., and
- Coastline Construction, Inc.

“Shame on the Circus Circus for not valuing worker safety, public safety, and for working with an out-of-state company who knowingly works with unlicensed contractors,” said Russell James, the Regional Director for District Council 16 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. “They know what Digney York is doing and they’re continuing to work with them. Support your community by choosing companies that value safety and hire local businesses.”

Workers were filmed working on the Circus Circus without wearing any of the required personal protection equipment such as hard hats, work boots, or safety vests to improve visibility while working on public streets.

Workers were photographed shoving debris off of forklifts into an unsecured dumpster. This is a public safety hazard because the sidewalk and street remained open to the public without flaggers or standard traffic notification. Workers had no means of preventing the debris from falling outside the dumpster. If something were to fall on someone or in the roadway, they could be injured, McNeill said.

Digney York has a history of ignoring safety regulations on other projects. In 2015, the Department of Public Works in San Francisco found the company not in compliance with safety regulations after it failed to fill the plastic safety barriers it used in a construction project with adequate amounts of water in order to weigh them down. A handful of people were critically injured in Union Square when a double-decker bus ended up plowing through the barriers. The driver said he was attempting to use the barriers to slow down after his brakes failed, but to his shock the barriers "flew away like paper" resulting in multiple injuries.

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