LAX STAN­DARDS MAY HAVE LED TO WORK­ERS’ FA­TAL CRASHES

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS -

It has been just over a half­cen­tury since the nation’s worst fa­tal ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent killed nearly three dozen mi­grants, a hor­ror that farm­worker ad­vo­cates had hoped would bring last­ing re­forms.

Yet, due to en­force­ment gaps and the some­times cal­lous at­ti­tudes of those who con­tract for the work­ers, la­bor­ers con­tinue to ride in over­loaded, poorly main­tained, unin­sured ve­hi­cles — of­ten driven by a fel­low crew mem­ber with­out a proper li­cense, or with no li­cense at all.

The As­so­ci­ated Press found more than a dozen ac­ci­dents that left at least 38 dead and nearly 200 in­jured since Jan­uary 2015.

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