Report: UCLA failed to report lab accident

Records show officials at the University of California, Los Angeles failed to report a serious lab accident that occurred one year before a second accident claimed the life of a staff research assistant.

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that the California Division of Occupational Health and Safety fined UCLA nearly $24,000 for the earlier incident which occurred in November 2007. Thirteen months later, Sheharbano Sangji was fatally burned in a lab fire that prompted a campuswide review of lab safety.

The Times says records show CalOSHA last month issued $67,700 in fines for alleged violations that have occurred since Sangji died.

Vice Chancelor Kevin Reed told the Times the university has made across-the-board safety improvements since Sangji's death, and intends to "vigorously defend" the new citations.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times

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