The Los Angeles city attorney's office has filed misdemeanor criminal charges against a Glendale scaffolding company, its president and two other men, alleging negligence in the electrocution death of a contractor.
Atlas Scaffold Corp. and its president, Steven Phetteplace, 42, were charged with three violations of the Labor Code and one of the Penal Code in the April 6 death of Jose Osmin Argueta, 32.
Also charged were Rudy Garcia, 43, of Los Angeles, an Atlas employee, and C. William Carson, 57, of Malibu, owner of the Los Angeles apartment building where Argueta was electrocuted by a 4,800-volt power line.
The defendants are scheduled for arraignment Oct. 15 in Los Angeles Municipal Court. If convicted, each could be sentenced to two years in jail and fined $17,000.