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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 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.
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.
Disneyland has scheduled a meeting with a state worker-safety official to discuss the citations it received for faulty training and equipment use in the Christmas Eve accident that killed a tourist and injured his wife and a park worker. The meeting will be held Tuesday with James Brown, the head of the Anaheim office of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. Brown said the entertainment company did not disclose what it wanted to discuss.
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