* Richard Din a researcher at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center death under investigation

Published by on May 3, 2012

Scroll to the bottom to view and make comments

Investigators are looking into the weekend death of a researcher at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center that may have been caused by deadly bacteria he was working with, a state safety official said today. The man, identified by the medical examiner’s office as 25-year-old Richard Din, died Saturday morning after working in a lab at the medical center, said Erika Monterroza, a spokeswoman for the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is investigating the death.

The cause of death has yet to be determined, but Din had apparently been working with the bacterium meningococcus at the lab prior to his death, Monterroza said. She said Din was employed by the Northern California Institute for Research and Education, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing veterans’ health research that is based at the VA Medical Center at 4150 Clement St. The institute notified Cal/OSHA of the death on Sunday, prompting the agency to launch an investigation.

The California and San Francisco public health departments were also notified, Monterroza said. Cal/OSHA has six months to complete an investigation, and if workplace violations are uncovered, the employer could face citations and fines, Monterroza said. Officials with Din’s employer and the medical center were not immediately available for comment this morning.

Copyright © 2012 by Bay City News, Inc. Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

Mention Fugitive Watch for a Discount

Comment Advisement We welcome your thoughts, but for the sake of all readers, please refrain from the use of obscenities, personal attacks or racial slurs. All comments are subject to our terms of service and may be removed. Repeat offenders may lose commenting privileges.

Install the ratings plugin

Popularity:
890 views
Comments:
None
Toolbar:
add your comment add this to delicious add this to digg share this on facebook Stumble this item
Tagged with: , , ,




XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

911
pinksliploan add copy

BREAKING HEADLINES

SOCIALISE WITH US:     Fugitive Watch on YouTube   ·   Twitter   ·   Facebook   ·