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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
January 18, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher
State regulators have fined a pair of Inland Empire 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 Wednesday said 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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2010 | By Kim Christensen
A year before a UCLA staff research assistant was fatally burned in a lab fire, a graduate student was seriously injured in a similar accident that university officials failed to report to state regulators, records released Friday show. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health this week fined UCLA $23,900 for the earlier incident, which occurred in November 2007 -- 13 months before Sheharbano "Sheri" Sangji suffered burns that took her life and prompted a campuswide review of lab safety.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
March 14, 1995 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While unloading boxes last year at Clothes Connection, a 33-year-old man named Jose had his big toe crushed by a forklift. The company, a garment manufacturer, sent the injured worker for treatment at a nearby clinic, where a physician dressed the wound. The toe developed gangrene, however, and a month later it was amputated. Yet when Cal/OSHA paid a surprise visit to Clothes Connection in late December, safety inspectors learned that the company never reported the incident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2000
State officials cited KABC-TV Friday for safety violations that could cost the station close to $30,000 in fines for the accident that critically injured reporter Adrienne Alpert. Of the three citations issued by Cal/OSHA, the one carrying the largest penalty, $25,000, cited KABC-TV for failing to maintain proper clearance when erecting the van's 42-foot microwave mast.
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