CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2008 |
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center passed a surprise inspection last week, leading federal regulators to rescind the most serious of the violations found during a review three weeks ago, county health officials told the Board of Supervisors. The earlier inspection, prompted by the December death of an emergency room patient, had found that overcrowding placed patients in "immediate jeopardy." According to federal regulators, such a finding requires urgent action. Harbor-UCLA responded by converting offices to screening spaces and hiring nurses and a physician to do triage.
May 17, 2004
Councilman Bernard Parks' proposed ordinance requiring that male adult film actors use and wear condoms during filming is ridiculous (May 13). What city department would be expected to enforce this requirement? Certainly not the Police Department, as it does not have enough officers now to do its duties. Not the Building and Safety Department, as it is also short of qualified personnel. Without going into detail, how close an inspection would the appointed inspector be expected to perform?
June 17, 2010 |
Members of the House transportation committee castigated the Coast Guard on Thursday for being insufficiently aggressive in tracking and inspecting foreign oil drill vessels such as the Deepwater Horizon, which exploded April 20 in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 crewmen and causing the worst spill in U.S. history. Under harsh questioning, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Kevin Cook said the Deepwater Horizon, registered to the tiny Republic of the Marshall Islands, operated under a different command structure than would have been permitted for a similar vessel operating under the U.S. flag.
July 4, 2008 |
A former city building department inspector pleaded not guilty to lying about examining a huge construction crane that collapsed days later, killing seven people. Edward J. Marquette was arraigned in Manhattan, charged with tampering with public records, official misconduct and other counts. He had been scheduled to inspect the crane, being used to hoist materials at a building site, on March 4. It collapsed 11 days later, but officials said it was unlikely the inspection would have prevented that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2010 |
State regulators Sunday ordered Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to inspect its entire natural gas system, as San Bruno residents displaced by Thursday's explosion began returning to their devastated neighborhood and investigators searched for four people still missing and tried to identify the dead. The California Public Utilities Commission said it will ask PG&E to inspect its sprawling natural gas network, giving priority to high-pressure lines such as the one that exploded in a suburban neighborhood Thursday, killing at least four people and destroying 37 homes.
May 24, 2008 |
U.S. airlines should be required to inspect more than 670 Boeing Co. 757s to prevent wing sections from coming off in flight, as occurred March 22 on a US Airways Group Inc. jet, a safety board said. A wing section measuring 4 by 5 feet dislodged near Baltimore at 27,000 feet on a flight to Philadelphia from Orlando, Fla. The section struck several windows, cracking one, but the plane landed with no injuries. Three clips attaching the wing section to the plane had fatigue cracks, the National Transportation Safety Board said.