- A noose was found on the construction site of the $ 1.7 billion MSG Entertainment Sphere event project in Las Vegas.
- “This heinous and heinous act is totally unacceptable and we are working with local authorities to identify those responsible so that appropriate action can be taken,” said a statement emailed to Construction Dive. “We will step up our zero-tolerance policy against harassment of any kind – including racist and harmful acts like this.”
- While construction on the project began in 2018, there have been delays due to COVID-19, although completion is scheduled for 2023. Originally under the management of the Dallas-based contractor AECOM, MSG took over the construction of the facility at the end of 2020. to strengthen its own in-house construction experience.
A similar incident was reported on another major hotel project in Las Vegas last summer, the $ 4.3 billion Resorts World Las Vegas. A noose was discovered in one of the hotel’s towers and reported to general contractor WA Richardson on June 24, 2020, according to a statement from Resorts World.
Snares have appeared on construction sites across the country in recent years and have attracted increasing attention following the May 2020 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Equal Opportunities Commission received at least 50 complaints about slings on construction sites between 2015 and 2020, according to the Washington Post.
The most recent high profile event occurred at an Amazon construction site in Windsor, Connecticut, led by New Jersey-based contractor RC Andersen. Since April 27, up to eight loops have been found on the 3.6 million square meter construction site of the fulfillment center.
While the FBI is investigating the incidents as hate crimes and Amazon closed the site twice while condemning the hatred at its facility, the person responsible for the nooses had still not been identified at press time, although in the case.
This is the constant hallmark of more than 20 other racist incidents that made headlines on construction sites over the past year. Few arrests were made while companies denounced the actions and often called local authorities to investigate. An exception was at EllisDons Michael Garron Hospital in Canada, where the offer of a $ 50,000 reward resulted in the arrest of a crime suspect.
The recurring appearance of the hate symbol on construction sites has challenged the industry as it seeks to expand its diversity and inclusion initiatives to attract younger workers to its ranks. Hundreds of construction companies have joined the Associated General Contractors of America’s Culture of CARE initiative, which promotes diversity and inclusion in the construction industry.