In fact, each year since Reagan's death, workers operating heavy equipment for private employers who contract with Cal Fire to help California battle large wildfires have been killed on the job. None of those employers had workers' compensation insurance.
In October 2017, Garrett Paiz died after the water tanker he was driving crashed in Napa County. Paiz was a private contractor helping firefighters battle the Nuns Fire, one of a series of blazes that devastated the North Bay.
After the crash, state regulators learned that his employer, Red Bluff-based Tehama Transport, did not have workers' compensation insurance, leading the state Labor Commissioner's Office to fine the company and order it to shut down.
Last year, the commissioner's office cited Robert Dominikus General Engineering, the El Dorado County firm that hired Donald Ray Smith, an 82-year-old bulldozer driver who died during the Carr Fire in Redding, after it learned the company did not have valid workers' comp coverage.
In the Soberanes Fire case, Monterey County District Attorney's charged Czirban with insurance and workers' comp fraud and failure to pay taxes, among other counts.
He has pleaded not guilty. Close to three years after Reagan's death, his trial is due to begin in a Salinas courtroom Tuesday.
Prosecutors say Czirban operated his business without workers' comp for more than two years.
"For awhile, the defendant's gamble paid, as his seasonal bulldozer contract with CalFire earned him about $156,000 in income while he was able to avoid expensive insurance for clearly hazardous work," Deputy District Attorney John Hubanks wrote in trial brief filed last week.
Hubanks says Czirban filed false documents with Cal Fire, had a history of contractors license suspensions and failed to maintain workers comp coverage for years.
Czirban argues that Reagan was not an employee, but instead an independent contractor. Both prosecutors and the defense note that Czirban and Reagan agreed via text to an arrangement in which Reagan would be paid $625 a day for operating the dozer at the Soberanes Fire.
"There is no evidence that Mr. Reagan had ever done paid work for Czirban Concrete Construction before this agreement," defense attorney Daniel Olmos wrote.
Reagan, who was working at night in unfamiliar terrain, was killed within minutes after he began operating the dozer.