Owner Sentenced in Fatal 2014 Workplace Accident on Cortland Ave.


1525 Cortland, as it looked in 2014

Back in 2014, two workers were killed by falling slabs of granite at 1525 Cortland, which at the time was a warehouse operated by a granite distributor called Galaxy Granite.  (Three years later,  the building is now home to Barebottle Brewery.)

This week, justice in the case was handed down as the owner of Galaxy Granite was sentenced after pleading guilty  to two counts of involuntary manslaughter. SF Gate reports:

The owner of a granite company in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood was sentenced today to one year of home detention and three years’ probation in the 2014 deaths of two workers who were crushed by falling slabs of granite.

Meng Peng, a Hillsborough resident, was sentenced after pleading guilty in January to two felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and three labor code violations in connection with the deaths of two of his employees on Feb. 17, 2014.

Philip Marich, 53, of South San Francisco, and Hector Vazquez, 46, of Oakland, were removing large slabs of granite from a shipping container at Galaxy Granite at 1525 Cortland Ave. when slabs fell on them around 10:15 a.m.


6 thoughts on “Owner Sentenced in Fatal 2014 Workplace Accident on Cortland Ave.

    • I dunno.. watching your best friends die, knowing you cant do anything to help, knowing its your fault… i kinda feel like that is punishment enough. I might think differently if it was along the lines of big company gross negligence… im curious about the labor code violations… what those were and how they impacted or precipitated this tragic accident…

      • Best friends? who said these were his friends at all? these were his employees. Assuming the civil suit is following.

  1. Mr Peng was not using even minimal required safety equipment, like steel A frames for safe stacking and movement of the slabs.

    • Sure, but fear of a real punishment, like loss of liberty, is an enforcement tool. It is unrealistic to think that all worksites will have continual inspections.

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