Owner of Concord-Based Amazon’s Landscaping Company Charged with 2 Felonies for Death of Employee

Martinez, California – Earlier this week, the Contra Costa District Attorney filed a criminal complaint against a crime According to Collazos, the owner of Amazon’s Landscaping Company based in Concord.

The indictment relates to the death of 2018 in the year Manual PeraltaThe then 68-year-old from Antioch, California, died while operating a rented stump grinder in San Ramon. At the time of the incident, the defendant Segundo Collazos had a suspended license with the Contractors State License Board. The investigation began with the Occupational Safety and Health Department of the California Department of Labor Relations.

The first crime alleged that the defendant Collazos allowed victim Manuel Peralta to use a stump grinder contrary to the manufacturer’s recommendations and to work in the danger area of ​​the cutting wheel, which resulted in his death. The second crime alleges that Collazos did not properly train Peralta in the correct and safe use of the stump grinder, which also resulted in his death.

Prosecutors are reminding homeowners to check that a contractor is currently licensed and insured before hiring them to build residential buildings. Homeowners can check the validity of a license number on the Contractors’ State Licensing Board website at https://www2.cslb.ca.gov/onlineservices/checklicenseii/CheckLicense.aspx or by calling (800) 321-CSLB (2752 ).

“If a Cal / OSHA investigation provides evidence that the serious injury or death of an employee involves criminal misconduct, our investigative department will refer those cases to the local prosecutor for prosecution,” said Doug Parker, chief executive of Cal / OSHA. “We thank the District Attorney at Contra Costa for working on this case. Employers need to be warned that failure to comply with the obligation to train and monitor workers who use hazardous equipment can lead to tragedy and possible prison terms. “

Assistant District Attorney Ryan Morris is pursuing the case on behalf of the people. DDA Morris is part of the Special Operations division of our office.

Case Information: People v. Segundo Collazos, file number 01-195521-0.

Information published by the Contra Costa District Law Office

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