Two California agricultural companies are facing charges that they did not do enough to prepare their workplaces for an active shooter, following an investigation into a Jan. 23 incident that left seven people dead.
According to media reports, a disgruntled farm worker shot co-workers at a mushroom farm in Half Moon Bay, California, operated by California Terra Garden Inc., and went on to shoot people at nearby Concord Farms Inc., where he had previously worked.
The California Department of Industrial Relations on Monday fined California Terra Garden $113,800, which has been cited for 22 violations, including five classified as serious and one classified as serious accident-related for not having a plan or procedures to promptly notify employees of an active shooter threat and instruct them to seek cover.
Concord Farms was charged with 19 violations, three of which were serious, including failure to address past incidents of workplace violence and develop procedures to correct and prevent this hazard. Total proposed penalties are $51,770.
Both employers were also charged with failing to secure labor camp permits for worker housing on site.