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A 25-year-old woman who was sunbathing on the beach in Venice was run over and injured by a lifeguard SUV.

According to a KTLA news report, the incident occurred the afternoon of September 15, 2014.

Officials say a lifeguard was responding to a call about swimmers getting close to the rocks. The SUV had used lights and sirens when the lifeguard initially arrived at the location.

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One man was electrocuted and another shocked during a construction accident at Mission Viejo High School the afternoon of July 17, 2014.

According to a news report in The Orange County Register, a construction crew was working on the campus’s athletic field in the 25000 block of Chrisanta Drive when one of the workers was electrocuted.

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A worker suffered injuries on the job after he fell about 25 feet into the cargo hold of a ship, which was docked at the Port of Los Angeles.

According to a City News Service report in the Daily Breeze, the incident occurred the morning of June 16, 2014 at Berth 209 near the 1000 block of New Dock Street.

The worker, a man in his late 50s, fell into a very small area two levels below deck of the 623-foot bulk cargo vessel Navios Vector, a Panamanian-registered ship.

The area was filled with 60-foot-long steel pipes that were securely fastened and the man was not trapped beneath them, officials said.

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A 49-year-old woman was struck and seriously injured by a maintenance vehicle while she was sunbathing on a beach near Venice.

According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the accident occurred the morning of May 14, 2014 on Via Marina Peninsula Beach just north of the Marina Del Rey Harbor.

The driver of the vehicle, a longtime employee of the Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors’ beach maintenance division, had stopped to tend to large pieces of debris near the shoreline, officials said.

As he tried to leave the area, he turned his Nissan Xterra SUV from the shore,
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At least 24 students were injured after a stage at Servite High School collapsed during an annual rally.

According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the incident occurred the night of March 8, 2014.

The wooden stage collapsed as 250 Rosary High School’s students were performing in the school’s annual Red and Gold rally. An additional 200 to 250 parents and students were in the audience at the time.

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Two men in business attire were caught on camera in what appeared to be a public brawl in Van Nuys. According to a KABC news report and video, the two men had just gotten off the 405 Freeway at Burbank Boulevard when all of a sudden, one of the men, apparently a lawyer, decided to take the law into his own hands. The lawyer, identified as Randalf Kincaid, got out of his car first and hit the driver of a BMW. The video then shows Kincaid turning back to get into his own car and leave the scene. At the time, the other driver, now bloodied from the hit he took, jumped on him, brought him to the ground and held him until authorities arrived.
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A boy and a girl underwent several hours of surgery after their fingers became severed during a schoolyard tug-of-war game. According to a news report in The Associated Press, a simple length of rope tore off the fingers of the two teens during the game, which was organized at South El Monte High School to boost campus spirit. The boy and girl had stable vital signs and doctors were trying to reattach their fingers.
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Malvrick Donkor, 14, a high school student, was fatally injured in a swimming pool accident during a lesson. According to a news report in The Gothamist, the teenager was allegedly underwater and unnoticed by instructors for 17 minutes while other students swam around him. Surveillance tapes showed Donkor climbing down a ladder into the deep end and then sinking. He was not noticed until another student spotted his body underwater and told the teacher, who pulled him out. The male swim teacher has since been placed on administrative leave and the pool has been closed. The incident is under investigation.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Malvrick Donkor for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Donkor was reportedly an immigrant from Ghana. His loved ones will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers.
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The U.S. Public Interest Research Group last week released its 27th annual Trouble in Toyland report, noting that there are still many toxic and dangerous toys on store shelves. Risks posed by these toys, according to a CNN news report, include choking, strangulation, lead poisoning and lacerations. The toy industry has, of course, flippantly referred to the group’s report as “needlessly frightening.” But hard numbers tell a different story. Over the years, the organization’s findings have led to more than 150 product defect recalls and other regulatory actions.
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suspended production at Sunland, Inc. after several batches of the manufacturer’s peanut butter were linked to a widespread salmonella outbreak leading to a nationwide recall of Sunland nut products. According to a news report in the Christian Science Monitor, this is the first time FDA officials have used the authority granted them by the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010. Two years ago, President Obama signed a bill into law giving the federal agency the power to shut down food producers over public health issues.
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