Friday, October 15, 2010

Lt Governor's family farm gets violations - San Jose Mercury News

Lt Governor's family farm gets violations - San Jose Mercury News

LOS ANGELES—Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado's family farm has racked up dozens of violations from the state's workplace safety department since 1990, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The newspaper reported Thursday that Agro-Jal Farming Enterprises also has accumulated hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax liens as well as multiple citations for exposing workers to toxic pesticides.

One of the violations investigated by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration was the 2007 death of 25-year-old farmhand Raul Garcia Osorno, who was crushed beneath a tractor at Maldonado's family farm.

State officials found that Agro-Jal had violated regulations by not having a spotter guide the driver and not having anyone with valid first-aid certification on hand.

The fine stemming from the death was $930.

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