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March 10, 2010 | By Jessica Garrison
The head of the state Senate's Labor Committee accused a workplace safety board Wednesday of being biased toward employers and ignoring a law that requires fines for failing to report on-the-job injuries. After a hearing, Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) said he might introduce legislation that could lead to criminal charges against board members if they continue to disregard the law that calls for a $5,000 fine for employers' failing to report accidents in a timely manner. The hearing came after a Times investigation last fall that found that the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health appeals board repeatedly dismissed and reduced the penalties levied by division inspectors, even in situations in which workers had died or were seriously injured.
March 22, 2012 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
State workplace safety regulators issued more than $166,000 in fines Wednesday against a prominent recycling and compost company that runs a Kern County site where two brothers died last fall from exposure to poisonous gas. "These young workers' deaths were completely preventable," said Ellen Widess, chief of the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health, in a statement. She noted that hydrogen sulfide is a common byproduct of composting but said Community Recycling & Resource Recovery, which is headquartered in the San Fernando Valley, failed to provide workers with proper training, failed to test for dangerous levels of gas and did not have effective rescue procedures.
January 19, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
State regulators have fined two warehouse operating companies more than a quarter of a million dollars for allowing unsafe working conditions at four San Bernardino County distribution centers. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health said Wednesday that it issued $256,445 in citations for more than 60 violations found during a recent inspection of warehouses in Chino. Cited were warehouse owner National Distribution Centers and its temporary staffing contractor, Tri State Staffing.
May 1, 1987 | TED ROHRLICH and HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Staff Writers
About a third of the state hygienists who watch for chemical hazards in the workplace have quit their jobs at the state's job safety agency as a result of Gov. George Deukmejian's vow to abolish the department on July 1. One of the hygienists was being sought Thursday on criminal charges that he repeatedly threatened to kill the governor and injure other top state officials because of the roles they are playing in the agency's prospective demise.
April 16, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
A ride at Disneyland and another at Disney California Adventure Park remained closed Monday as park officials worked to fix safety violations cited by the state. Disney officials said they voluntarily closed Disneyland's Space Mountain and Soarin' Over California at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim over the weekend while they review their safety procedures. Park officials said they have no estimate on when the rides will reopen. The state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health issued fines Friday of $234,850 for six violations related to the maintenance of fire extinguishers and safety barriers and anchors for exterior cleaners and other workers on Space Mountain.
March 31, 1990
The state's worker safety agency has recommended a $2,000 fine against a construction company whose crane toppled during work on the Century Freeway project in Inglewood in January, killing a truck driver. The firm, Steve P. Rados Inc. of Santa Ana, was cited for three serious worker safety violations--those that the employer should have known about and were likely to cause harm--and one general violation stemming from the Jan.
November 5, 1988
You have done a disservice to your readers in your Oct. 16 editorial "Safety: Yes on 97." Instead of critically examining the facts, you relied upon the misleading arguments put out by the proponents of the initiative. Contrary to your assertions, the safety of California workers has not been compromised. I want workers to be adequately protected, and they are under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration program. The federal program is being relied upon by 27 other states, including strong organized labor states such as New York and Massachusetts.
February 25, 1996
The focus of "Unions Back Ergonomic Proposal" (Jan. 18) gives little attention to the most critical point of the issue. Instead of focusing on the political ramifications of regulations, you would do better to examine the everyday facts. Namely, there is no consensus from the medical and scientific communities as to the causes of ergonomic disorders, often called repetitive stress injuries, and, more important, there is no consensus for cures or treatments. A regulation cannot create a fix if a fix doesn't exist.
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