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