Ashe Center reopens, 6 maintenance workers fine after being evaluated for exposure to carbon monoxide
As a precaution, six UCLA maintenance employees working on an electrical panel in an underground parking structure were evaluated for exposure to carbon monoxide, campus officials said Thursday.
Three were transported to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and later released after testing negative for exposure, and three were evaluated and released on-site outside Parking Structure 4.
The incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, when UCLA fire officials encouraged the crew to be tested after passersby smelled exhaust coming from a stairwell leading up to the John Wooden Center from the northwest corner of Parking Structure 4.
Officials said the workers were wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, including carbon monoxide indicators that confirmed that their workspace contained negligible levels of carbon monoxide.
The crew was using a gas-powered generator to provide light as they worked on a transformer to restore electricity to the Wooden Center, officials said. Units that provide power to buildings were damaged in flooding from Tuesdayrsquo;s water main break on Sunset Boulevard, which sent an estimated 15 to 20 million gallons of water flowing downhill toward campus.
Kelly Schmader, assistant vice chancellor for facilities management, said managers are working with UC employees and private contractors to ensure proper ventilation of exhaust from generators being used at various campus locations.
“The safety of all these crews working extremely hard to return the campus to normal operations is our top priority,” Schmader said.
Power has not yet been restored in the Wooden Center, which remains closed, but it has been restored to the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center, which has reopened.
Crews continued to pump water from parking structures 4 and 7. About 960 vehicles remain in the structures. Campus officials have cautioned vehicle owners to stay away from the structures because of safety concerns. Drivers who have registered at this site will be notified when more information is available.
The Fernald and Krieger child care centers have also reopened. Summer camps have resumed, with alternative locations being used for Wooden Center activities and new pickup and drop-off points. For more specific information, visit UCLA Recreation.
UCLA Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Janina Montero also emailed students who have been impacted by the flooding telling them that the university had created a temporary “one-stop shop” at the Bruin Resource Center to provide assistance and referrals. Students who are dealing with substantial property loss can reach out to the Economic Crisis Response Team at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive counsel and support. The ECR team can also provide emergency short-term loans.
Also, Undergraduate Admission is encouraging prospective students and visitors to contact the office to schedule a campus tour at another time.