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Cal-OSHA and worker safety

November 01, 2009

Re: "Worker safety lost on appeal," Oct. 21:

If a Cal-OSHA official writes a citation with the wrong name on it, it should be thrown out, just as a traffic citation should be voided if a traffic officer writes the wrong driver's name.

It also strikes me as improper that Cal-OSHA has been able to decide the value of a fine for a workplace injury or death. Perhaps Cal-OSHA should be more concerned with correcting the cause of a problem -- even if it involves the closing of a business until safety concerns have been met -- than with collecting money for the state.

Unless an industry hires complete incompetents, workers should be able to assess the danger they are in. It is time to place some blame on the worker who reaches into a machine with spinning blades or gears.

Murray Levine

Encino

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