Man Charged with Allegedly Violating Workplace Safety Standards that Result in Two Deaths

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July 14, 2016

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MAN CHARGED WITH ALLEGEDLY VIOLATING WORK PLACE SAFETY STANDARDS THAT RESULT IN TWO DEATHS

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that Meng Peng, age 66, of Hillsborough, has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and three violations of the labor code following the death of Philip Marich, 53, and Hector Vasquez, 46, on February 17, 2014.  

“Employers cannot simply send their workers into hazardous work conditions untrained and without the appropriate equipment,” said District Attorney George Gascón.  “California employers must vigilantly assess employees’ conditions and work methods when requiring their workers to engage in dangerous tasks.”

According to court documents, Peng, who owns a San Francisco granite company, violated work place safety procedures that led to two of his employees being crushed by granite slabs that they were removing from a shipping container.  Peng failed to assess the hazards of moving the granite slabs as well as properly train his employees in working in the hazardous conditions. 

Peng was arrested and placed in custody on Monday July 11, 2016.  He is currently out-of-custody on $600,000 bail.  He will be arraigned tomorrow at 1:30 PM in Department 12.

Assistant District Attorney Gregory Alker is prosecuting the case.  DAI Inspectors Vadim Rotberg, John Williams and Brian Arnold investigated and made the subsequent arrest.  This investigation was conducted in collaboration with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.  

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