Employer Facing Manslaughter Charges for Violating Work Place Safety Standards
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 2016
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EMPLOYER FACING MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES FOR VIOLATING WORK PLACE SAFETY STANDARDS
SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the owner of a Brentwood construction company, Pedro Flores, 48, was arraigned on charges of manslaughter. According to court records, Pedro Flores violated work place safety procedures which caused the death of an employee while remodeling a business in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.
“These standards exist to keep employees safe and to hold employers who cut corners accountable,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Employers cannot send their workers into hazardous conditions without prudent caution and safe equipment. It’s a recipe for disaster.”
Mr. Flores was charged with involuntary manslaughter and two violations of the labor code, all felonies, following the death of Antonio Pimentel, 53, on Dec. 20, 2014. According to court records, Flores failed to lock the wheels of scaffolding and to install a safety rail while Antonio Pimentel was working.
Flores surrendered himself into custody on May 17, 2016. Flores was arraigned this afternoon and entered a plea of not guilty. He remains out of custody on $50,000 bail. He is due back in court on July 27th, 2016.
Assistant District Attorney Gregory Alker is prosecuting the case.