Las Vegas, NV - October 28, 2015
Following the tragic death of an employee at local
cryotherapy center Rejuvenice last week, State of Nevada Division of Industrial
Relations officials have initiated a comprehensive review of industry safety
standards and practices. The review will ensure that businesses using
cryotherapy equipment in Nevada have proper safety procedures in place to
protect the public from possible harm.
on developing information brought to light during the course of the
investigation by the Division and other agencies, questions about public and
workplace safety within this relatively new industry have lingered,” said Division
of Industrial Relations Administrator Steve George. “The information obtained
during this inquiry will aid Nevada OSHA in the future to ensure that Nevada
businesses are utilizing best practices and industry-specific safety
October 20, Nevada OSHA, a unit of the Division of Industrial Relations
responded to the business to conduct a fatality investigation after being
notified by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. During the course of
the investigation, officials learned that the employee had entered the premises
after business hours and entered the cryotherapy chamber for personal use which
led to the situation that caused her death.
a separate investigation, the Division discovered the business has not
purchased workers' compensation insurance for its employees. As a result, The
Division’s Workers' Compensation Section has issued a stop work order for the
company’s three Clark County locations pending further notice. The stop work
order can be lifted if and when the business provides proof of a valid workers’ compensation insurance
policy. In addition to a stop work order, employers that do not obtain the
required workers compensation insurance coverage are subject to administrative
fines of up to $15,000 and premium penalties for missed premium payments.
The employer can also be held financially responsible for all costs arising
from a work-related injury and potentially subject to criminal penalties under NRS 616D.200.
mission of the Division of Industrial Relations, an agency of the Department of
Business and Industry, is to promote the health and safety of Nevada employees
and ensure injured employees receive all benefits to which they are entitled.