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March 13, 2009 | Associated Press
The Ahwahnee Hotel, a long-cherished refuge in the heart of Yosemite National Park, does not meet modern seismic safety standards and risks partial collapse in a major earthquake, according to a study released Thursday by park officials. Presidents, movie stars and vacationers from around the world have stayed in the Ahwahnee since the Art Deco lodge was finished in 1927.
April 11, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Ralph Vartabedian
State and federal investigators probing the cause of the fiery collision between a FedEx big rig and a charter bus in Northern California will delve into a wide range of factors from the health and rest of the truck driver to emergency exits and fire protection for bus passengers. "This is a very significant and unfortunate tragedy," said Jim Hall, a transportation safety consultant and former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. "The NTSB is going to have its hands full on this one. " Although the cause of the accident has yet to be determined, Hall and other safety advocates say it could focus new attention on the NTSB's efforts to improve bus safety and the behind-the-scenes battle over safety standards for motor coaches and other commercial vehicles.
February 18, 2010 | By Clement Tan
The chairwoman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a stern warning Wednesday of a crackdown on defective baby cribs, promising new federal safety standards this year. "Now is the time to create a state-of-the-art crib standard and not let special interests hijack the process," said Inez Tenenbaum at the annual meeting of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization in Washington. "I say no more to the tired tactic of blaming parents in the press when CPSC announces a recall that involves a death," she said.
November 14, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
After a series of fiery crashes involving trains hauling crude oil, the railroad industry called on the federal government Thursday to significantly strengthen safety standards for new tank cars and require retrofitting of the nation's huge fleet of existing tankers. Tank car safety has taken on greater urgency as the oil industry turns to rail to ship the massive increases in oil production that are occurring in shale fields not served by major pipelines, including North Dakota, Colorado and south Texas.
August 26, 1998
Small-business owners are invited to learn about compliance with environmental and occupational safety standards at a free seminar Sept. 3 in Downey. Sponsoring the seminar is the California Regional Environmental Business Resource and Assistance Center, which conducts programs for businesses on environmental and employee safety standards for the North Orange County Community College District.
June 13, 2003 | From Reuters
Regulators said they will launch crash tests and other reviews to determine whether tougher safety standards are needed for sport utility vehicles, pickups and minivans. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration promised a series of steps to address long-standing questions about SUV rollover risks and potential safety hazards of larger passenger vehicles sharing the road with cars.
May 25, 2000
Unions representing broadcasters and camera crews called for an emergency meeting Wednesday with radio and television stations to devise uniform safety standards for news gathering in the field. The announcement was made two days after TV news reporter Adrienne Alpert suffered fourth-degree burns when the microwave antenna from a KABC-TV, Channel, 7 broadcast van grazed or came near a 34,500-volt power line.
The U.S. Forest Service, the agency with jurisdiction over Convict Lake, has set no standards for ice thickness, air temperature or other conditions to be met before the public is allowed to venture onto the frozen lake, a spokesman for the Forest Service said Tuesday.
August 26, 1989 | From the Washington Post
Eastern Airlines appears to be meeting federal safety standards despite a six-month strike against the carrier, according to a Federal Aviation Administration report filed Friday. In fact, the FAA said Eastern's top management "has exhibited a more compliant attitude toward its regulatory safety responsibilities" since the strike. The assessment of safety at Eastern, which gradually has been restoring operations since a strike shut it down March 5, is contained in a report filed with the U.S.
March 11, 2009 | Dan Weikel
Los Angeles International Airport and 10 other major flight centers in the United States might not be able to meet a 2015 deadline for federal runway safety standards sought by Congress to reduce the risk of aircraft accidents, according to a new government study. The report released this month by the inspector general's office for the U.S.
June 3, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - There was a loud bang, survivors said. Then the lights went out, and fire quickly engulfed a poultry plant in northeastern China, killing at least 119 workers who were trapped inside behind locked doors. The fire on Monday, perhaps the deadliest in China's poultry industry, erupted just after 6 a.m. in Jilin province's Mishazi township. Authorities said the explosion was caused by leakage in tanks of ammonia, which is used in the poultry industry as a coolant. At least 54 people were injured in the explosion and subsequent blaze.
June 3, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
A fire at a poultry plant in northeastern China that claimed at least 119 lives Monday is one of a string of Asian disasters that have spotlighted poor industrial safety standards. The most shocking example took place just over a month ago, when a garment factory complex collapsed on the outskirts of the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka, killing at least 1,127 people. An engineer had warned that the Rana Plaza building was unsafe, but garment workers who expressed fear about entering the building were ordered back to work by their employers.
April 2, 2013 | David Lazarus
On a recent evening, students at Pomona College feasted on chicken pot pie, steamed veggies, biscuits and rice. And, as is often the case, there were plenty of leftovers in the dining hall, enough for about 100 extra meals. Those leftovers, however, weren't destined for the dumpster. Instead, they were carefully packaged by dining hall workers, handed to a group of students and driven to nearby Inland Valley Hope Partners, a nonprofit shelter for people in need. Pomona College's efforts to keep prepared food from going to waste are part of a nationwide coalition of student groups called the Food Recovery Network, which estimates that about 22 million meals are thrown away at U.S. colleges every year.
January 30, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned 12 rodent poisons made by the United Kingdom-based Reckitt Benckiser Inc. because the products failed to abide by safety regulations, the agency announced Wednesday. The agency said in a statement it has worked with rodent poison makers to ensure they comply with safety standards, but Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of other products such as Woolite laundry detergent and Clearasil face wash, has refused to abide by regulations. The British company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
January 15, 2013 | By Joe Piasecki, Los Angeles Times
A state probe into the widespread power outages caused by a furious 2011 windstorm was unable to determine whether toppled utility poles met safety standards because Southern California Edison destroyed most of them before they could be inspected. The winds that roared through the San Gabriel Valley knocked down hundreds of utility poles, snapped cables and uprooted scores of trees, leaving nearly a quarter of a million Edison customers without power, some for a full week. In a report released Monday, the California Public Utilities Commission found that at least 21 poles were unstable because of termite destruction, dry rot or other damage before tumbling over in wind gusts of up to 120 mph on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2011.
August 10, 2012 | By Stacy St. Clair
LONDON - American swimmer Fran Crippen had hoped to be at the starting line Friday when the men's 10k open-water marathon got underway in Hyde Park. As a world bronze medalist and a two-time national champion in the event, it seemed likely he would. That dream, however, tragically - and needlessly - ended two years ago when he drowned during an international competition. And yet Crippen was everywhere Friday. PHOTOS: London Olympics, Day 14 In the water and at news conferences, swimmers paid tribute to Crippen, who died in October 2010 while competing amid unsafe conditions at a World Cup race in the United Arab Emirates.
July 16, 1986 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, Times Staff Writer
Bill Haughton is dead, and all of harness racing mourns. And for some, there are also anger and frustration. They remember Shelly Goudreau dying of head injuries after being thrown from Regan's Lad in the seventh race at Hollywood Park in August, 1982. They recall the similar deaths of Wayne Smullin and David Duckley on the East Coast. They point out that apparently no one learned from those tragedies.
Construction of Burbank Airport's new tower is six months behind schedule and thousands of dollars over budget because walls failed to meet state earthquake safety standards and $20,000 worth of window glass was cut a quarter-inch too small, Federal Aviation Administration officials said Tuesday. About 30 design changes--mostly minor--have increased the project's cost by about $130,000--to nearly $3 million, said Kent Freeman, an FAA supervisory engineer.
March 14, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal and Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
HBO has pulled the plug on its gambling drama "Luck" after controversy erupted over the deaths of three horses during production. "It is with heartbreak that executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann together with HBO have decided to cease all future production on the series 'Luck,' " the network said in a statement. The statement continues: "Safety is always of paramount concern. We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horseracing anywhere with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night or pastures.
February 28, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
A toxic chemical used in dry cleaning and for degreasing equipment has been found underneath an Orange County building that is already the subject of two lawsuits, officials said Monday. Over the weekend, soil testing was conducted at the two-story office building that houses more than 550 county workers, including employees of the Orange County Social Services Agency and the Sheriff's Department. The testing, paid for by the county, was seen as a step forward in a years-long legal fight that includes former workers who say their time in the building caused birth defects, autoimmune diseases and cancer.
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