California state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, on Friday called for a state investigation into possibly unsafe working conditions at Los Angeles International Airport.
Lieu’s call comes following the death three weeks ago of a 51-year-old baggage employee Cesar Augusto Valenzuela with contractor Menzies Aviation. According to reports, workers for Menzies Aviation have been injured in several incidents in recent years, and a Feb. 25 story by the Los Angeles Times cited Cal-OSHA saying Menzies had been issued multiple citations last June totaling nearly $95,000 in proposed penalties for safety violations.
Lieu and other officials said they are concerned about possible shortcuts and cost-cutting steps that may have contributed toward airport work becoming unnecessarily dangerous.
Valenzuela died in a single-vehicle accident at the busy airport, which is part of Lieu’s senate district.