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Cal/OSHA cites two employers over shootings that killed seven


Two agribusinesses in California are facing allegations they did not do enough to prepare their workplaces for an active shooter, following an investigation into an incident on Jan. 23 that left seven people dead.

According to media reports, a disgruntled farm worker fired on coworkers 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 worked previously.

The California Department of Industrial Relations on Monday announced $113,800 in fines for California Terra Garden, which has been cited for 22 violations, including five classified as serious and one classified as serious accident-related for failing to have a plan or procedures to immediately notify employees of an active shooter threat and instruct them to seek shelter. 

Concord Farms was cited for 19 violations, three of them serious, including failure to address previous incidents of workplace violence and develop procedures to correct and prevent this hazard. Total proposed penalties are $51,770.

Both employers were also cited for failure to secure labor camp permits for onsite worker housing.