Enforcement and Inspection

Construction Company Owner, Foreman Charged with Manslaughter Following Worker Death

Cal/OSHA’s criminal investigation into the December 2012 falling death of a 51-year-old carpenter in San Francisco resulted in manslaughter charges by the San Francisco District Attorney against the worker’s employer and foreman. Keep reading to learn what triggered the criminal investigation.

The owner of the construction company, along with his foreman, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to the manslaughter charges and two counts of violation of the labor code. “When our investigations uncover potentially criminal behavior by employers, we exercise our full jurisdiction not only to protect workers but to also make referrals to the District Attorney for prosecution where appropriate,” said Christine Baker, Director of the Department of Relations’ (DIR). Cal/OSHA is a division in DIR.

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