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Charges Filed In Petaluma Construction Accident

A San Rafael-based engineering firm and a ex-foreman are facing misdemeanor charges in a 2015 fatal construction accident that resulted in the tragic death of an employee near Highway 101.

About the Fatal Construction Accident

According to the Press Democrat, Jared Overfield, the victim in the incident, was crushed to death by a 7,800-pound concrete pipe.

Overfield was working at a water pipe replacement project on Kastania Road in the southern region of  Petaluma when another employee operating a forklift unloaded the 40-foot pipe onto sloping land.

It began to roll and crushed Overfield, who was standing downhill.

Sonoma County prosecutors feel that Maggiora and Ghilotti Inc. and Mark Greving, former supervisor of the company, neglected to take safety precautions that could have possibly prevented Overfield’s death, such as using chock blocks or other safety devices.

The company was also cited by workplace regulators with Cal-OSHA. They have pleaded not guilty and appealed the citations.

Chris Andrian, a lawyer representing the firm, said evidence shows Overfield and the forklift operator were to blame because they neglected to follow safety training they received from the company.

On the Job Injury Statistics

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 4,821 workers were killed in workplace accidents in 2014. This averages to more than 13 deaths every day.
  • 4,386 of the workplace fatalities occurred in private industry and 899 were linked to construction.
  • Among the leading causes of on the job deaths were:
    • Falls
    • Electrocutions
    • Struck by Object
    • Caught-In/Between

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