SF Printing Company Owner Charged for Pregnant Worker's Death

By Jessica Greene
|  Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 12:21 PM PDT
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SF Printing Company Owner Charged for Pregnant Worker's Death

The owner and the manager of a San Francisco printing company are facing manslaughter charges in connection to the 2008 death of a pregnant employee.

Sanjay  Sakhuja, 52, the owner and CEO of Digital Pre-Press International, Inc. and the pressroom manager, Alick Yeung, 50, of San Francisco, are both charged with felony involuntary manslaughter and felony violation of a California Occupational Safety and Health  Administration statute in which a death occurs. The company, in the Potrero Hill neighborhood,  is also charged in the case.

Margarita Mojica, 26, was crushed to death by a creasing and cutting machine on Jan. 29, 2008 as she was preparing the machine for a printing job, the district attorney's office said.

Procecutors claim workers did not receive proper safety training to operate the machinery and that the machine did not have the proper safety devices. Mojica was crushed when the machine suddenly turned on as she reached into it, prosecutors say.

The penalty for involuntary manslaughter ranges from two to four years in prison, according to the district attorney's office. Fines for  violations of the CAL/OSHA code are up to $250,000 per individual and up to $1.5 million for a corporation.

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