CHINO — The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges this week in connection with a man’s death three years ago at a Chino Hills construction site.
Yeong Hak Song fell 19 feet to his death on April 30, 2008 after stepping on temporary roofing materials that gave way at Crossroads Community Church, 2600 Grand Ave.
On Tuesday, prosecutors filed criminal charges against the superintendent of the job site, Daniel Robert Worthington, and the company he works for, Thayer Construction, Inc. of Yorba Linda.
Worthington, 51, was charged with two felonies: involuntary manslaughter and willful violations of a standard causing death, which is a violation of the state labor code. Involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum prison sentence of four years.
Thayer Construction was charged with willful violations of a standard causing death.
Worthington and the company are scheduled to be arraigned May 23 in Chino Superior Court.
Song, a 57-year-old Huntington Beach resident, was the superintendent overseeing air-conditioning installation at the job site.
He worked for Olympic Air Conditioning, Inc. of Cerritos, according to a written summary of the investigation completed by the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
According to the summary, a four-foot-by-four-foot hole in the church’s roof was covered temporarily by two pieces of plywood that were attached to each other.
The plywood gave way when Song stepped on it at about 9 a.m. He fell through the hole in the roof and landed on the concrete floor below, injuring his head, according to the summary of the investigation.
Song was pronounced dead at about 10 a.m. at Chino Valley Medical Center, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Corner’s Department.
The temporary roofing was designed and installed by Thayer Construction, Inc., according to a citation issued by the state. The state fined the company $15,300.