OSHA Files Criminal Charges After Fall-Related Fatality

Originally published by: RemodelingSeptember 28, 2015

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Cal/OSHA's criminal investigation into the December 2012 falling death of a 51-year-old carpenter in San Francisco resulted in manslaughter charges against the worker's employer and foreman. Salvador William Versaggi, owner of Versaggi Construction, and foreman John Fitt pleaded not guilty to the 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," saidChristine Baker, Director of the Department of Relations' (DIR). Cal/OSHA is a division in DIR. 

The investigation determined that Versaggi Construction did not provide fall protection training to its workers and the foreman was aware that the deceased employee was using a prohibited type of scaffolding that violated the employer's safety program. 

"Employers in California are required to provide the necessary protections for their workers in order to prevent a tragedy such as this", said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón. "With the significant amount of construction going on in San Francisco right now, it is more important than ever for everyone to follow all the rules and regulations around a job site."

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