Nevada officials are reviewing cryotherapy safety standards and practices after the recent death of Las Vegas woman.
The family has retained counsel to investigate whether the woman’s death was the result of a product defect involving the Juka Cryosauna where her body was discovered on October 20th.
“Questions about public and workplace safety within this relatively new industry have lingered,” Division of Industrial Relations Administrator Steve George said. “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 standards.”
Possible Product Liability Case
Chelsea Patricia Ake-Salvacion, 24, was found at Rejuvenice the morning after closing the center. OSHA officials responded to the business after Las Vegas police notified them during the course of the investigation. According to officials, the employee had entered the premises after business hours and entered the cryotherapy chamber for personal use, said Teri Williams, spokeswoman for the department said Wednesday.
As such, Nevada OSHA officials are no longer investigating because she didn’t die during business hours. But, Las Vegas police are investigating evidence collected during the initial response when officers reported Ake-Salvacion’s death appeared to be an accident.
The legal team hired by the family is also investigating what went wrong and it may come down to a case of product liability. The machine is expected to be examined to determine if there was a mechanical failure that caused her death.
Moreover, Ake-Salvacion’s death might bring much need regulation to the cryotherapy industry in Nevada, which is largely untested, unmonitored and unregulated.
Steve is the Managing Shareholder of Steven J. Klearman & Associates, a civil litigation law firm located in Reno, Nevada. He practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and injury law, and has authored one of the definitive guides to Nevada civil law that is widely used by Nevada judges and attorneys, his book entitled Elements of Nevada Legal Theories.