In national news:

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s investigation of a carpenter’s fatal fall has resulted in manslaughter charges against his employer and foreman. Jose Plancarte fell more than 18 feet while attempting to lower a window frame opening in the main stairwell of a San Francisco residential construction site for Versaggi Construction on December 26th, 2012. Plancarte, who wasn’t wearing fall protection, died at the hospital from his injuries. According to its statement dated September 25th, the Division discovered that Versaggi Construction failed to provide fall protection training to its workers, and that the foreman knew Plancarte’s scaffolding violated the employer’s own safety program. The owner of Versaggi Construction and the foreman pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges by the San Francisco District Attorney, and to two counts of violation of the labor code.

Read the full release from the California Department of Industrial Relations here. Read further coverage from Business Insurance here.

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