Contractors State License Board Suspends Contractor License after Worker Death in Milpitas
Corporation filed paperwork stating that it had no employees
SACRAMENTO — The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) today suspended the general building contractor license of US-Sino Investment, Inc. (#916478) for failure to comply with state workers’ compensation insurance laws. Disclosure on all licensees is available on CSLB’s website.
An employee working on a Milpitas construction site, for which US-Sino Investment Inc. pulled city building permits, died last Saturday, January 28, 2012, after being buried alive when a hillside retaining wall collapsed on him.
Licensed contractors are required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance for all employees, or file an exemption with CSLB, stating they have no employees and are exempt from having to carry a workers’ compensation policy. US-Sino had a workers’ compensation exemption on file with CSLB.
"Workers’ compensation laws are in place for the protection of workers who are vital to the state’s construction industry, as well as to protect the consumers who might otherwise be held liable when injury occurs," said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. "Those who fail to properly protect their employees with workers’ compensation insurance not only put them at risk but undermine the integrity of the entire construction industry."
CSLB continues to investigate this incident with other state and local government agencies.
The Contractors State License Board operates under the umbrella of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. More information and publications about hiring contractors are available on the CSLB website or by calling 800-321-CSLB (2752). You can also sign up for CSLB email alerts. CSLB licenses and regulates California's 300,000 contractors, and is regarded as one of the leading consumer protection agencies in the United States. In fiscal year 2010-11, CSLB helped recover nearly $45 million in ordered restitution for consumers.
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