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December 27, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Federal regulators have ordered a private bus company in Los Angeles to immediately cease operations because of widespread safety problems that endanger its employees and the traveling public. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took the action on Thursday against John Andrew Ciego, whose company, It's Good Promotion, it said presented an “imminent hazard” to its drivers, passengers and motorists. According to case records, investigators found that Ciego did not properly repair, inspect and maintain vehicles and operated unsafe buses from four other companies that had been previously shut down by the motor carrier safety administration.
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BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Pacific Gas & Electric Co., indicted by the federal government for criminal behavior stemming from a Bay Area natural gas explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes, still faces more trouble. In the next few months, PG&E will face the likelihood of a fine from the California Public Utilities Commission as high as $2.25 billion for its role in the September 2010 disaster in the city of San Bruno. On Tuesday, the U.S. attorney in San Francisco announced that a grand jury indicted PG&E on 12 alleged violations of the federal Pipeline Safety Act involving poor record keeping and faulty management practices.
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NATIONAL
March 29, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
A former mine official has pleaded guilty to conspiring to impede mine safety enforcement at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, where 29 workers died in a 2010 explosion. Gary May, 43, of Bloomingrose, W. Va., admitted Thursday to concealing health and safety violations, using code phrases to give advance warning of inspections and ordering a mine examination book to be falsified. His actions, while he was superintendent of the mine, were intended to mask safety violations, including poor airflow and accumulation of explosive coal dust, two factors that have been deemed causes of the deadly explosion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
State regulators cited a Bay Area-based adult film company over workplace safety violations, assessing fines of more than $78,000. Cal-OSHA opened an investigation into San Francisco-based Kink Studios, which runs a network of sites, in August, in response to a complaint filed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation . The foundation's complaint related to a July 31 shoot involving actress Cameron Bay, who tested positive for HIV shortly thereafter,...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1996
Two San Fernando Valley men who own a 295-room hotel near downtown Los Angeles were charged with 25 violations of health, building and safety codes Friday, officials said. Harold Meskin, 41, of Burbank and Michael J. Bolasna, 46, of Sherman Oaks are scheduled to be arraigned in Los Angeles Municipal Court on April 11, said Deputy City Atty. Lawrence P.V. Punter. Punter said tenants in the hotel were living in rooms with broken windows, no heat, plugged toilets and damaged smoke detectors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1991
An administrative law judge has overturned one of eight Cal/OSHA safety violations arising from an electrical vault explosion last July 12 that killed three Pasadena city workers. Judge Ashaki A. Kone dismissed a charge against the Pasadena Water and Power Department for violating a rule requiring electrical workers to wear rubber gloves when working on exposed or energized electrical lines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 2010 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Another employee has lost part of a finger at Bimbo Bakeries, a company with plants statewide whose record of workplace accidents was highlighted by The Times last year as an example of inaction by California health and safety officials. In addition, the company failed to disclose the 2007 amputation of a different worker's finger, officials at the Division of Occupational Health and Safety said last week. That brings the company's total number of amputations to nine since 2003, when a worker lost most of her arm in a bread machine.
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2010 | By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
First in a series of candidate profiles Early on a winter morning in 2007, a 25-year old Mexican farmhand was crushed beneath a tractor on Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado's family farm, sparking an investigation that resulted in citations for four workplace safety violations, including failure to have a spotter direct the tractor driver and failure to have someone on the scene with first-aid certification. Although the young employee's death was an isolated tragedy, the run-in with regulators was part of a pattern for Agro-Jal Farming Enterprises, the farm in Santa Maria that pays Maldonado a six-figure salary to serve as controller.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1997 | DADE HAYES
The owners of a truck pulled over on the Golden State Freeway for illegally transporting pressurized oxygen tanks have been fined $10,800, according to Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn. Los Angeles Municipal Court Commissioner Kristi Lousteau fined Con-way Transportation Services Inc. of Menlo Park on Monday after the company's attorney entered a no-contest plea to four violations of hazardous materials transportation safety laws, Hahn said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2013 | By Jason Song
A 28-year-old man died Saturday after being struck by two cars on Pacific Coast Highway near Huntington State Beach, police said. The victim, a 28-year-old Costa Mesa resident, was walking along the roadway near Brookhurst Street around 4:30 a.m. when he was hit by a silver 2003 Cadillac SLS, according to Huntington Beach police. The man was then hit by another car, which did not stop at the scene, police said. It is unclear why the victim was in the road. The driver of the Cadillac, a 55-year-old Huntington Beach man, was interviewed and released, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2013 | By Alan Zarembo
Simi Valley police are investigating what they believe may be a murder-suicide. Officers responding to a call in the 2400 block of East Woodrow Avenue arrived just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday and found a woman and a man with gunshot wounds. The woman was dead. The man, who was gravely wounded, was rushed to a hospital, where he died, police said in a statement. Four children living at the residence were unharmed and placed under the supervision of the Ventura County Child Protective Services while relatives are contacted, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
Federal regulators have ordered a private bus company in Los Angeles to immediately cease operations because of widespread safety problems that endanger its employees and the traveling public. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took the action on Thursday against John Andrew Ciego, whose company, It's Good Promotion, it said presented an “imminent hazard” to its drivers, passengers and motorists. According to case records, investigators found that Ciego did not properly repair, inspect and maintain vehicles and operated unsafe buses from four other companies that had been previously shut down by the motor carrier safety administration.
NATIONAL
December 19, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON -- The Arizona State Forestry Division is contesting citations and fines levied the agency by a state safety commission that found it put protection of structures over firefighter safety during the Yarnell Hill fire in which 19 firefighters died. Forestry officials - who managed the Yarnell Hill fire - appealed to the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health, requesting a hearing to contest the $559,000 fine, said Carrie Dennett, the agency spokeswoman, in a statement  Thursday.  Earlier this month, the Arizona Industrial Commission voted unanimously to accept the findings of a report that found the members of the Granite Mountain hotshot team were the victims of poor planning and bad communication, forced into a losing battle to protect structures and pasturelands that were "indefensible.” The report, which was prepared by independent consultants to the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health, also found that the firefighters were called on to fight the fast-moving blaze outside the town of Yarnell with inadequate briefing, no good maps and radios that left them without good communication with incident commanders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By Jason Wells
The tour bus operator whose vehicle overturned on the 210 Freeway in Irwindale, injuring 52 people , has logged three moving violations this year, all of them out-of-state, federal records show. The operator, Da Zhen Bus, was cited twice in February for exceeding the speed limit in Arizona -- once by 6 to 10 mph, and again by 11 to 14 mph. A bus also was cited in Nevada in May for driving too close to another vehicle, according to records with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
State officials are investigating the death of an Ontario dairy worker crushed while moving cattle over the weekend. Winston Perez, 28, suffered severe internal injuries after he was "crushed between a gate and the fence by the cows" about 5 a.m. Saturday at Dick Dykstra Dairy, the San Bernardino County coroner's office and state officials said. The Riverside man underwent surgery at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, but died in the intensive care unit later that day. Cal/OSHA spokesman Peter Melton said state officials had no record of safety violations at the dairy.
SCIENCE
July 17, 2010 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
The suspension of some research at a prominent Columbia University brain-imaging lab because of sloppy practices could have repercussions beyond that laboratory, potentially affecting brain-imaging studies nationwide and raising questions about the safety of participants, research experts said Saturday. The Kreitchman PET Center in Manhattan, part of Columbia University, halted brain-imaging studies after federal authorities reportedly found safety violations that could endanger patients and invalidate research findings.
NEWS
February 1, 1987 | Associated Press
The Chrysler Corp. has agreed to pay a $295,000 fine, the largest ever collected by the government for workplace safety violations, on charges that it under-reported job accidents at auto plants in Illinois, Delaware and Ohio, the Labor Department announced Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Kate Mather
State officials are investigating the death of an Ontario dairy worker crushed while moving cattle over the weekend. Winston Perez, 28, suffered severe internal injuries after he was "crushed between a gate and the fence by the cows" about 5 a.m. Saturday at Dick Dykstra Dairy, coroner's and state officials said. The Riverside man underwent surgery at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, but died in the intensive care later that day. Cal/OSHA spokesman Peter Melton noted state officials had no record of safety violations at the dairy.
BUSINESS
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.
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