Academic culture seems to be the problem here. University of California and other highbrow institutions think that only the brilliance of top minds matters, not the everyday concern for the basic needs of little people.
See all posts re UCLA Professor Patrick Harran and Sheri Sangji death.
UCLA chemistry professor avoids prison time in fatal lab fire case
prosecutors all but frees Patrick Harran from criminal liability in a 2008
laboratory fire that killed staff research assistant Sheharbano "Sheri"
Los Angeles Times
June 20, 2014
UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran on Friday struck a deal with
prosecutors that all but frees him from criminal liability in a 2008
laboratory fire that killed staff research assistant Sheharbano “Sheri”
Harran, charged with four felony counts of willfully
violating state occupational health and safety standards, had faced up
to 4-1/2 years in prison if convicted.
under an agreement approved by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge
George Lomeli, Harran, 44, was ordered to pay $10,000 to the Grossman
Burn Center and to perform 800 hours of community service.
Harran admitted no wrongdoing in what is thought to be the first criminal case arising in an academic lab accident. The charges will be dropped if he successfully fulfills the terms of the agreement.
23, was not wearing a protective lab coat and suffered severe burns on
Dec. 29, 2008, when a plastic syringe she was using to transfer t-butyl
lithium from one sealed container to another came apart, spewing a
chemical compound that ignites when exposed to air. She died 18 days