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Monday, October 18, 2010

Printing Company Charged in Pregnant Worker's Death Paid Large Civil Settlement

Posted By on Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 4:35 PM

The San Francisco printing company charged with involuntary manslaughter and violating labor laws for the 2008 death of an employee has already paid at least $1.5 million in a civil lawsuit resulting from the incident, court records show.

Digital Pre-Press International, located at Mariposa and Tennessee in the Dogpatch neighborhood, as well as its CEO and press room manager, have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and violations of the Labor Code, both felonies, the office of San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris announced today. The charges stem from an incident on Jan. 29, 2008, in which pregnant worker Margarita Mojica, 26, was crushed and killed by a machine.

Mojica's husband, Martin Breueur, and daughter, Julie Breuer, filed a lawsuit against DPI in March 2008 in San Francisco Superior Court. According to an order signed by court commissioner William Gargano in Decc 2009, DPI agreed to pay Julie Breuer $1.58 million as part of a settlement. (Gargano had to sign off on the payment because Julie Breuer was a minor. The amount paid to Martin Breuer is not disclosed in court documents.)

An employee who answered a telephone call to DPI said the company is not commenting on the criminal charges. Anthony Brass, the lawyer representing the company, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

According to a statement from the district attorney's office, Mojica was crushed to death while reaching into a cutting and creasing machine. The machine activated, closing on her like a giant clam-shell while her upper body was inserted in the device.

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