State workplace regulators are citing the company that hired a bulldozer operator killed during the massive Carr Fire over the summer for not having valid workers' compensation coverage.
The California Labor Commissioner's Office has hit the firm, El Dorado County-based Robert Dominikus General Engineering, with $3,700 in fines in connection with violations of workplace regulations, and ordered the company to stop using employee labor until they have secured workers' comp insurance.
The company had employed Donald Ray Smith, 82, from the community of Pollock Pines, who died on July 26 when the rapidly growing blaze overtook him.
Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service require that the heavy equipment contractors they hire to help battle wildfires show proof that their employees are covered by workers' compensation insurance, which typically provide benefits to employees injured on the job and to their families, if they're killed at work.
The commissioner's office says Robert Dominikus General Engineering not only did not have the coverage but also cited the company for working with an unlicensed contractor.