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November 25, 1987 | GEORGE STEIN and CHRIS WOODYARD, Times Staff Writer
An explosion ripped through a Mobil Oil Co. refinery in Torrance with earthquake-like force Tuesday, spewing balls of flame and metal about 300 feet into the early evening sky and blowing out the windows of several nearby homes. Despite the force of the blast--at 190th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard--which was felt several miles away, there were only two injuries to plant employees reported. One unidentified man suffered a minor eye wound and was treated at the 730-acre refinery.
September 7, 1993 | DAVID FREED
By law, California's occupational safety and health program (Cal/OSHA) investigates industrial accidents in which workers are killed or seriously injured. The outcomes of those cases can vary greatly. Under a schedule strengthened last year, a company can be fined up to $7,000 for each serious violation of health and safety standards, and $70,000 for repeated and willful violations. Rarely, however, are the maximum fines imposed.
March 10, 1989 | From Associated Press
A federal judge Thursday fined Ashland Oil Inc. a record $2.25 million for a 1988 oil spill that fouled two rivers in three states and threatened to disrupt drinking water supplies for more than 1 million people. Justice Department officials said it was the biggest penalty ever imposed against a company for a fuel spill. "It was something more than simple negligence that the company was guilty of," U.S. District Judge Gustave Diamond said.
July 16, 1987 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, Times Staff Writer
The deaths of six civilian workers at National Steel & Shipbuilding Co. here is providing the first major test of the new federal occupational safety and health program launched in California to replace the California program abolished by Gov. George Deukmejian. The accident, the worst in the shipyard's history, occurred shortly after midnight last Thursday when a crane-operated steel basket carrying 12 men fell nearly 30 feet to the deck of the combat support ship Sacramento.
December 29, 2009
The unfriendly skies Re "Suspect may have ties to Yemen militants," and "Stricter security measures imposed," Dec. 27 How long will the American people, and especially the flying public, have to suffer from the ineptitude of our laughable "intelligence" as it pertains to the threat of known Islamic radicals? As the story now emerges, would-be airplane bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's father did his best to tell the Keystone Kop officials in our embassy in Nigeria about his wayward son. Our response is akin to closing the barn door after the horse is gone.
May 7, 1988 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Staff Writers
Alert to the wariness of this growing suburban community, a Pacific Engineering & Production Co. official described as "highly unlikely" Friday the possibility that the firm will build a rocket fuel plant here to replace the one leveled this week by powerful explosions. Pacific Engineering counsel Keith Rooker said locations in more remote regions of Nevada, as well as in Texas and Utah, are under consideration for a replacement plant.
May 10, 1987 | JIM SCHACHTER, Times Staff Writer
When three San Diego construction workers died in trench collapses at beach area job sites in October, 1982, the business community got a rare shock. Breaking from a tradition that made administrative fines and civil lawsuits the only punishment for industrial deaths, San Diego city prosecutors pressed criminal charges against the laborers' bosses.
March 19, 1988 | MILES CORWIN, Times Staff Writer
An explosion and flash fire in the warehouse of a sugar refinery in Santa Maria burned seven workers Friday, three critically, Santa Barbara County Fire Department officials said. The explosion rocked the second floor of the six-story brick Union Sugar Co. warehouse, where about 45 men were sorting and bagging sugar.
December 16, 1988 | Associated Press
An offshore oil rig being towed across the Atlantic Ocean capsized in high winds Thursday but all 26 crew members were safe inside an enclosed boat called a "survival pod," the Coast Guard reported. The rig, Rowan Gorilla I, capsized about 1,200 miles east of New York City in gale-force winds and 40-foot seas, Coast Guard officials said. The tugboat Smit London, which had been towing the rig from Nova Scotia to Yarmouth, England, remained with the pod, said Lt. Cmdr.
In the months before a fatal crane accident at Edwards Air Force Base last year, a private contractor declined several times to implement critical safety recommendations from the crane operator because they were too expensive, Air Force investigators have found. The failure of the contractor, Hercules Inc. of Utah, to realize that the giant crane was operating on a hazardous surface was among the factors contributing to the Sept. 7 accident, according to an Air Force report.
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