August 21, 2008 |
The number of workers killed on the job annually dropped to a historic low in 2007, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday. The number of worker deaths dropped to 5,488 last year -- the fewest since the bureau began keeping track in 1992. That's down 6% from the 5,840 deaths reported in 2006. Still, the government found significant increases in some types of fatal injuries. A record number of workers died from falls and workplace homicides increased 13%. The nation's most dangerous jobs?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2008 |
A 34-year-old construction worker at the Platinum Triangle urban village was killed Thursday when a backhoe loader tipped over and struck him with its scoop, authorities said. The man, who was not identified, was standing on the ground under the machine in the 1500 block of Katella Avenue when its bucket struck him about 11 a.m., said Maria Sabol, a spokeswoman for the Anaheim Fire Department. He was part of a six-man crew putting stucco on a condominium project. The worker was taken to UCI Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Sabol said.
May 31, 2008 |
Officials suspended all crane operations throughout the city this weekend while they investigated the cause of the latest crane collapse, which killed two construction workers Friday and badly injured a third as it crashed into an apartment building and plummeted to the street. The collapse -- at a site the city had investigated several times -- comes after a March 15 crane disaster that killed seven people. That prompted stepped-up inspections and the resignation of the buildings commissioner.
October 20, 2007 |
An explosion in Irvington leveled a house under construction and a vacant building next door, killing one worker and injuring four others. Authorities were investigating whether someone broke into the house and damaged a natural gas line. The explosion was so powerful it flung debris as far as four blocks away and sparked several fires, which were under control within two hours, fire officials said.
June 27, 2007
Re "Immigration bill ignites a grass-roots fire on the right," June 24 It was gratifying to see NumbersUSA get the credit it deserves for marshaling efforts against destructive immigration legislation, but The Times misses the mark in labeling the organization "conservative." As a liberal, I am concerned about California's education system. How can we remedy an already overwhelmed system by bringing in additional millions of non-English speakers with low educational aspirations?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2007 |
Shortly after his release from prison four years ago, Julio Silva entered the apprenticeship program in the Ironworkers Union Local 433 in La Palma. To his alarm, he learned that ironworkers called all first-year apprentices "punk." He had been an East Los Angeles gang member, a drug user, and a car burglar in and out of jail. In that world, a "punk" was someone's prison sex slave. But Silva tried not to let it bother him. The more he worked at his new job, the more his skills improved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2007 |
Three construction workers on their way to breakfast during a midmorning break were shot, one of them fatally, after an unidentified gunman opened fire on their sport utility vehicle on a Pomona street, authorities said. The shooting took place on Oak Avenue north of Mission Boulevard shortly after 9:30 a.m., in a largely residential area that residents and police say is known for gang-related violence. One man working nearby reported hearing more than half a dozen shots.
December 8, 2006 |
Police said they had the man responsible for nine slayings that spread terror across the Phoenix area for nearly a year. Police Chief Jack Harris said investigators were recommending that Mark Goudeau, a 42-year-old construction worker who has been in jail since September, be charged with 71 counts, including nine murders. Goudeau was arrested three months ago in two sexual assaults attributed to the so-called Baseline Killer. Cmdr.
June 27, 2006 |
Frustration over the pace of rebuilding is rampant along the Mississippi Gulf Coast some 10 months after Hurricane Katrina. But in the small city of D'Iberville, leaders are hoping to jump-start construction with an unorthodox solution: importing hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of Chinese laborers to build shopping malls, condominiums and casinos.