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Employer settles insecure working conditions civil suit in sawmill death



A California sawmill company has settled a civil action for illegal business practices regarding health and safety laws as a result of workers' death in 2013, district lawyer Jill Ravitch, Sonoma County, California, announced on Thursday.

Morgan Hill, California-based Pacific Industries Inc., which runs business like Redwood Empire Sawmill, was sued by the District Attorney in 2016 after the death of millworker Raul Lule, who died in a bark transporter that employees regularly went on while unjamming it, according to the message documenting a study by Mrs Ravitch's office that led to accusations of unsafe practices.

Specifically, Mrs Ravitch's office "discovered a production culture of safety at the mill and that the sawmill and its two other facilities in Sonoma County did not have written procedures for employees to use to work, unjam or clean machinery and equipment, including the bark conveyor where Mr "Lul e dead," according to a statement.

As part of the deal, Pacific State agreed to pay civil penalties, repayments and expenses totaling $ 375,000, with Mr Lule's wife and children receiving $ 1

77,500. The Sonoma County District Attorney's Office will restore the rest of the settlement to cover litigation and investigation costs, as stated in the statement.

Company officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

                    


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