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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.
September 7, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO — Workers at the Navy's top maintenance facility for F/A-18 warplanes have been exposed to "extremely toxic materials" such as lead, cadmium and beryllium, according to surprise inspections by the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA has given the Navy until Sept. 26 to fix the problems at the Fleet Readiness Center Southwest at North Island Naval Air Station on Coronado or face an order to shut down the facility. The violations were revealed Thursday.
August 18, 2012 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
California workplace safety regulators said they have opened an investigation into a patient assault on a Napa State Hospital psychiatric technician. The employee was wearing a personal alarm on a lanyard around his neck, as required, when a patient punched him Wednesday evening and then grabbed the lanyard from both sides and attempted to choke him, according to a hospital incident report. The employee was treated at a local emergency room and released. The assault occurred a day after the rollout of the much-anticipated alarm system, devised in the wake of the October 2010 strangulation death of employee Donna Gross.
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.
February 8, 2012 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
The company that built the stage that collapsed at the Indiana State Fair during a powerful storm last summer, killing seven people, has been cited for workplace safety violations along with the State Fair Commission and the union that worked at the site, officials said Wednesday. The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied fines against all three entities for their roles in the Aug. 13 collapse, which occurred as the country duo Sugarland was waiting to perform.
January 21, 2012 | By Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times
Ever since Sheri Sangji was fatally burned in a December 2008 lab fire, UCLA officials have cast it as a tragic accident, saying the 23-year-old staff research assistant was a seasoned chemist who was trained in the experiment that went awry. But Sangji was neither experienced nor well trained - if trained at all - in the safe handling of air-sensitive chemicals that burst into flame, ignited her clothing and spread severe burns over nearly half her body, according to a report on a Cal/OSHA criminal investigation obtained by The Times.
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.
April 14, 2011 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
California workplace safety officials have issued $100,000 in fines against Napa State Hospital in connection with the October slaying of a psychiatric technician, contending that the facility neglected to restrict the movements of violent patients — including the man charged in the strangling. Cal/OSHA issued the citations Tuesday against the beleaguered psychiatric hospital, which has experienced steep increases in the number of patient assaults on peers and staff despite a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit in 2006 to impose reforms there and at three other state hospitals.
October 26, 2010 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
Public health advocates, porn industry representatives and performers past and present gathered in Oakland on Monday to discuss workplace protection law and whether a more tailored regulation specifically requiring condom use on adult film sets is necessary. The meeting was the fourth held by California's Occupational Health and Safety Administration to invite public input and air disagreements about industry practices and the status of existing law. A petition filed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation late last year asked Cal/OSHA asking the agency to amend its regulations to directly require condom use during vaginal and anal sex in the adult film industry.
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