Milpitas Site Where Carpenter Was Buried Alive Had No Permit

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Crews dig for the body of a man killed at a Milpitas construction site. (CBS)

Crews dig for the body of a man killed at a Milpitas construction site. (CBS)

MILPITAS (CBS/AP) – California workplace safety officials said the builder of a 5,800-square-foot Milpitas home where a carpenter was buried alive under an avalanche of dirt did not have a proper permit.

Erika Monterroza of the California Occupation Health and Safety Administration said that state permits are needed to dig deeper than five feet.

Carpenter Raul Zapata died on Saturday when he was buried alive in a 12-foot trench at the worksite.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

The city issued a stop-work order three days before the accident due to concerns over a rain-soaked hillside yet Zapata and others worked anyway.

Milpitas chief building inspector Keyvan Irannejad said he has been unable to contact the project’s general contractor, Richard Liu of U.S.-Sino Investment, who is in China.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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