A Livermore-based business has been cited more than $242,000 for safety violations related to the death of a worker in the collapse of a trench in Daly City last July, California Division of Occupational Safety and Health officials said Wednesday.
Platinum Pipeline Inc. received citations by Cal/OSHA for 10 violations following the death of 33-year-old Abel Sauceda of Modesto in the trench collapse at a residential construction site at 1 Martin St. on July 27, 2018.
According to the workplace safety agency, the company instructed employees to continue grading the bottom of the trench without providing any protection, even after seeing the soil was unstable. A 14-foot-high excavation wall then collapsed, killing Sauceda.
A GoFundMe page set up at gofundme.com/nwvw5-abel-sauceda-quinonez to help Sauceda’s family pay for funeral costs and send his body to be buried in Mexico received more than $27,000.