USA: Menzies Aviation fined in death of worker at Los Angeles airport

Author: Andrew Edwards, Los Angeles Business Journal (USA), Published on: 21 August 2014

"Cal/OSHA Fines Menzies Aviation", 20 Aug 2014

The state’s worker safety agency has issued citations imposing more than $77,000 in penalties against Menzies Aviation after an investigation uncovered safety violations involved in the death of a worker at Los Angeles International Airport. Menzies Aviation [part of John Menzies] provides ground handling and cargo services at...airports around the world...The deceased employees, 51-year-old Cesar Valenzuela, died after he was thrown from a vehicle...on Feb. 21 and crushed. An investigation by Cal/OSHA found that part of the vehicle’s seat belt was missing. The agency concluded that Menzies Aviation failed to follow proper vehicle inspection procedures, that several other employees drove vehicles at LAX without using seatbelts and that the company falsely reported Valenzuela’s death as being the result of a heart attack...Menzies Aviation said in a statement that the company disagrees with Cal/OSHA’s conclusions and will appeal the citations.

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