State roundup for June 28
Car strikes, injures man at intersection
HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police say a man was struck and critically injured in a traffic accident.
Police describe the man as being in his early 30s. Police say officers recognized the victim as a homeless man.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/12nx46K) reports a 77-year-old woman was driving a compact car just before 8 p.m. Wednesday and struck the man at Makaloa and Kaheka streets.
Police say the pedestrian was in the middle of the intersection and not in a marked crosswalk.
The impact shattered the car windshield. Neither the driver nor her three passengers were injured.
The name of the injured man was not immediately reported.
Program aims to reduce injury from auto lifts
HONOLULU (AP) — A new federal program will attempt to reduce injuries and deaths from operating automotive lifts in Hawaii, Guam, the Northern Marianas and American Samoa.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the program is launching next month.
OSHA will conduct random inspections to identify and evaluate hazards of lifts used in the automobile industry, including dealerships, repair shops, gas stations and tire stores.
OSHA Regional Administrator Ken Atha says dangerous risks of automotive lifts can be limited by proper maintenance and effective worker training.
Severed cable knocks out Pearl City phones
HONOLULU (AP) — A spokeswoman for Hawaiian Telecom says a would-be copper thief may be responsible for an outage that left more than 200 Pearl City customers without service.
Ann Nishida Fry tells KHON-TV (http://bit.ly/15Jelk6) that phone cable was found severed by a saw or other cutting device in Pacific Palisades.
She says someone would have had to cross through a half-mile of brush to reach the secluded spot and that the motive likely was copper theft.
Affected customers lost service for more than a day.
No copper cable was stolen. Nishida Fry says the cable contains a gel that sticks to copper and makes it undesirable for selling.
She says the crime is frustrating because it knocks service out to customers and poses a threat for repair crews.
Service was restored Wednesday.
Many Hawaii guards will soon be breaking the law
HONOLULU (AP) — A deadline is coming up for a new licensing requirement for Hawaii’s security guards and nightclub bouncers.
But most of them haven’t applied yet and will be breaking the law, starting Monday. The new requirements include eight hours of training and background checks.
Only about 4,000 applications have been turned in, Hawaii News Now reported (http://ow.ly/mrMFA). According to a 2010 report, there are an estimated 11,000 security workers in Hawaii.
“If they haven’t applied, which meant they haven’t met the requirements, then they technically should not be working or acting as a guard until they do so,” said Charlene Tamanaha, executive officer of the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ Board of Private Detectives and Guards.
But because of a backlog in reviewing applications, the board will allow a guard who submits an application by Monday and attests to meeting the requirements to continue working, pending a review of the application.
The state could take away a guard agency’s license if a complaint is filed. The board doesn’t have jurisdiction over businesses that hire the guards, so the employee could be fined. The state is hoping that liability concerns will compel employers to help with enforcement.
Lee Donohue, a former Honolulu police chief who is training guards under the new curriculum, said he believes smaller companies may be waiting to see if there’s any enforcement. “They don’t think anything is gonna happen,” he said.
6 Honolulu firefighters learning at Colo. wildfire
DEL NORTE, Colo. (AP) — Some firefighters from Hawaii are the scene of the massive wildfire burning in southwestern Colorado.
Six firefighters from the Honolulu Fire Department have been shadowing commanders at the West Fork Fire complex. Fire managers said Thursday they’re there to learn more about the management of long term incidents because of their incidents only last a day or two.
The original fire started three weeks ago and has since grown to include two more fires burning on a total of 130 square miles. It’s forced the evacuation of hundreds of people from the summer retreat of South Fork and closed a stretch of a key roadway. Firefighters are pinning their hopes on controlling the fire on the arrival of afternoon thunderstorms during monsoon season. That typically starts in July.
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