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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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ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2013 | By Richard Verrier and Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Monica Martino had filmed tornadoes in the Midwest, ship collisions in the Antarctic and crab fishermen in Alaska's Bering Sea. But those experiences didn't prepare her for a terrifying nighttime boat ride in the Amazon jungle. In February, the 41-year-old co-executive producer was thrown into a murky river after getting footage for "Bamazon," a series for the History cable channel about out-of-work Alabama construction workers mining for gold in the rain forest of Guyana. Martino says the captain was blind in one eye and piloting too fast without a proper light.
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.
NATIONAL
January 20, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A fire and structural collapse at an animal feed processing plant killed some people and injured at least 10 workers, four critically, the Omaha fire chief said Monday.  Officials had said earlier that the fire at the International Nutrition plant may have been precipitated by an explosion. But at a televised afternoon news conference, interim fire chief Bernie Kanger said it was unclear whether there had been a blast.  “We are classifying this as an industrial accident that led to a structural fire,” he said.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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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