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Resolution RS2020-438

A Resolution urging the construction industry to improve working conditions to all workers and to not hire employees under the age of eighteen until working conditions are made safer.

WHEREAS, on June 23, 2020, sixteen year old Gustavo Enrique Ramirez died tragically after falling from scaffolding on a construction site in Nashville; and

WHEREAS, while an investigation by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration is ongoing, initial reports indicate that Ramirez was not wearing a safety harness before he fell approximately 120 feet; and

WHEREAS, safe working conditions are imperative for all workers, and especially for minors, and steps should be taken to correct the issues that allowed for this tragedy to occur; and

WHEREAS, the construction industry should no longer outsource work to avoid accountability and liability, such as using subcontractors or requiring workers to be independent contractors. In no case should a minor working on a construction site be classified as an independent contractor; and

WHEREAS, if safe working conditions cannot be provided for minors, the construction industry should only hire employees over the age of eighteen and employees that have been properly trained to be on construction sites.


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. That the Metropolitan County Council goes on record as urging the construction industry to improve working conditions to all workers and to not hire employees under the age of eighteen until working conditions are made safer.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Joy Styles, Sharon Hurt, Russ Bradford, Emily Benedict, Jennifer Gamble, Freddie O'Connell, Larry Hagar, Kyonzté Toombs, Erin Evans, Gloria Hausser, Sandra Sepulveda, Ginny Welsch

Legislative History

IntroducedJuly 7, 2020

AdoptedJuly 7, 2020

ApprovedJuly 8, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 07/10/2020 2:35 PM