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April 5, 1999
Shipbuilder Avondale Industries Inc. is braced for the release of a highly critical report by federal safety inspectors that could come as early as today. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors have conducted a six-month probe of the New Orleans shipyard and found more than 150 specific safety violations, union sources told Bloomberg News.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
The Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic controllers will continue to work during the government shutdown, but more than 110 safety inspectors and other staff will be furloughed at airports across Southern California. The furloughs -- which include FAA administrators, support staff, engineers who work on airport facilities and safety inspectors -- started Tuesday and effectively gut the agency's ability to oversee critical aspects of the nation's aviation system. U.S. government agencies were ordered to close for the first time in more than 17 years after lawmakers stalemated over Republican efforts to block President Obama's healthcare law. More than 800,000 federal workers were to spend Tuesday, the first day of the new fiscal year, on unpaid furloughs as agency managers executed contingency plans for the costly process of closing down operations indefinitely.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1991
Unable to blame it on nature and unwilling to pin it on human error, safety inspectors Wednesday said they were still baffled by what caused a steel-and-wood superstructure to collapse under a new freeway overpass near Los Angeles International Airport. Although no one was injured in the Tuesday afternoon accident, it did close a mile-long stretch of Imperial Highway in Westchester when tons of debris toppled onto the six-lane highway just before rush hour.
NATIONAL
August 3, 2011 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Washington Bureau
Despite an appeal from President Obama, the Senate recessed without funding the Federal Aviation Administration, leaving nearly 4,000 "nonessential" workers on unpaid furlough and other "essential" employees on the job without pay at least through Labor Day. Airport safety inspectors, who enforce compliance with federal rules and are considered essential, have been asked to keep working and put expenses on personal credit cards. But the FAA insisted that safety is not affected because air traffic controllers, who are paid with separate funds, remain on the job. Obama called Congress' failure to resolve the situation "another Washington-inflicted wound on America.
NEWS
January 14, 1992 | WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Congressional investigators charged Monday that scores of federal railroad safety inspectors have "intolerable" conflicts of interest because they have re-employment rights with railroads that come under their regulatory powers. Rep.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1990 | TRACY WOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Half of the safety officers on the Metro Rail subway construction project will be replaced because they are too inexperienced to protect worker safety, a top county transit official said Friday. Officials also criticized the consortium that is paid to manage construction of the $3-billion tunnel and subway station project, saying they failed to ensure that safety representatives for the first 4.4-mile stretch of subway had adequate qualifications.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
The Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic controllers will continue to work during the government shutdown, but more than 110 safety inspectors and other staff will be furloughed at airports across Southern California. The furloughs -- which include FAA administrators, support staff, engineers who work on airport facilities and safety inspectors -- started Tuesday and effectively gut the agency's ability to oversee critical aspects of the nation's aviation system. U.S. government agencies were ordered to close for the first time in more than 17 years after lawmakers stalemated over Republican efforts to block President Obama's healthcare law. More than 800,000 federal workers were to spend Tuesday, the first day of the new fiscal year, on unpaid furloughs as agency managers executed contingency plans for the costly process of closing down operations indefinitely.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1993 | GEBE MARTINEZ and PATRICIA CALLAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS; Times staff writers Rene Lynch and Eric Bailey contributed to this report
State safety inspectors Wednesday interviewed the operator believed to be responsible for a roller coaster crash this week at the Orange County Fair, focusing on the possibility that he was distracted from activating the ride's brakes because he was trying to do two jobs at once.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1992 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite official promises that safety precautions would improve last year, an independent safety inspector told the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission on Wednesday that the accident rate on Metro Red Line subway construction is more than twice the national average. Bob D'Amato, safety director of Encino-based American Safety and Risk Management Services, told the commission that the overall accident rate is 2.
NEWS
September 4, 1988 | CHRIS WOODYARD, Times Staff Writer
Even though federal inspectors have roundly criticized safety standards at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, a spokesman for private shipbuilders accused the government last week of not being tough enough on Navy facilities. "It's kind of like the fox watching the henhouse," said John J. Stocker, president of the Shipbuilders Council of America. "That's our suspicion. I would like to be proven wrong."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Firefighter Joe Flores has learned to look for dog toys and dishes as much as for debris, weeds and other hazards while conducting fire inspections. The canine items may indicate an angry dog nearby. But the bigger challenge is dealing with people who don't want to cooperate. Sometimes, homeowners won't allow Flores on their property, even after he identifies himself. "They're usually people out of compliance and mad at the whole system," he said.
BUSINESS
April 5, 1999
Shipbuilder Avondale Industries Inc. is braced for the release of a highly critical report by federal safety inspectors that could come as early as today. Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors have conducted a six-month probe of the New Orleans shipyard and found more than 150 specific safety violations, union sources told Bloomberg News.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1998 | SHARON BERNSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In response to a $6.9-million budget shortfall, the Los Angeles City Fire Department has severely reduced the number of inspectors assigned to monitor safety in public institutions including hospitals, schools, film sets and factories. In addition, the ranks of battalion chiefs were cut from 16 to 14, which the department estimated will increase the length of time it takes for the supervisors to arrive on the scene of an emergency by five to 10 minutes.
NEWS
August 18, 1994 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Riverside County coroner's office willfully allowed its workers to be exposed to excessive levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde and failed to protect them with proper respirators, Cal/OSHA officials charged Wednesday. Because of the findings, Cal/OSHA Deputy Chief Mark Carleson said his office will consider conducting inspections at other workplaces that use the chemical, including other coroner offices and funeral homes.
NEWS
August 12, 1994 | PHYLLIS W. JORDAN and JULIE FIELDS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Speaking quietly, Cal Hoskins recalled Thursday how his son, Jason, had always wanted to follow his footsteps into the oil fields. On Wednesday, Hoskins stood at a Ventura oil field where he had worked for 17 years and watched in agony as paramedics tried to save his son after a deadly leak of hydrogen sulfide gas. "Someone asked me to hold the IV," the father said. "That was all I could do for him."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1993 | GEBE MARTINEZ and PATRICIA CALLAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS; Times staff writers Rene Lynch and Eric Bailey contributed to this report
State safety inspectors Wednesday interviewed the operator believed to be responsible for a roller coaster crash this week at the Orange County Fair, focusing on the possibility that he was distracted from activating the ride's brakes because he was trying to do two jobs at once.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1990 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles safety inspectors are cracking down on aging high-rise structures in the city's garment district to correct years of inadequate inspections and slapdash modifications that allowed the buildings to become potential firetraps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1992 | SHERRY JOE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From his perch atop the Conejo Grade, Dan McDermott weighs and inspects commercial trucks along the Ventura Freeway--and watches life go by in the fast lane. "It's a challenge every day," said McDermott, a California Highway Patrol officer who has worked at the Conejo Weigh Station since 1984. McDermott and 19 other officers and civilians do more than check weights at the grade, which divides east and west Ventura County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1992 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Should the Big One rock Southern California, there may be fewer foundations loosened, fewer burst water heaters and fewer bookcases smashed to the floor at the homes in one local city. A new earthquake preparedness program in Manhattan Beach provides free residential inspections to the first 900 homeowners who apply over the next four months. City building inspectors will spend an hour or more probing the interior and exterior of homes in search of hazards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1992 | SHERRY JOE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From his perch atop the Conejo Grade, Dan McDermott weighs and inspects commercial trucks along the Ventura Freeway--and watches life go by in the fast lane. "It's a challenge every day," said McDermott, a California Highway Patrol officer who has worked at the Conejo Weigh Station since 1984. McDermott and 19 other officers and civilians do more than check weights at the grade, which divides east and west Ventura County.
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