Criminal defense lawyers serving: Stanislaus, Sonoma, Tuolumne, Merced, San Joaquin Counties - and Federal Courts in Sacramento and Fresno


On April 25, 2018, at the invitation of the Employer Advisory Council (EAC) of San Mateo County, Kirk McAllister presented a seminar to executives and managers on the subject of industrial accidents investigated as crimes by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and what to do when that happens.

Kirk McAllister has defended businesses, executives and managers in Cal/OSHA matters since 2002. He calls these cases “sharks with no fins” because no one sees the likelihood that an accident investigation will lead to criminal charges.

In fact, if you have a fatal workplace accident, it will be referred to the Bureau of Investigations, the criminal arm of Cal/OSHA.

No one can predict when an accident will happen, but Mr. McAllister advises businesses to have a plan ready for that eventuality. In this situation a company’s normal responses will worsen the consequences. McAllister’s plan includes the all-important issue of how to handle the inevitable publicity that follows a fatal accident. When a company waits for the accident to happen without planning, the fast-moving events will guarantee that the response will be disjointed, ineffective and may even enhance the possibility that criminal charges will be filed!

The EAC audience asked thoughtful questions which contributed to a stimulating seminar. Hans Boehm of the State of California Employment Development Department is to be thanked for facilitating this seminar.

Kirk McAllister, Esq. - Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Sonoma, San Joaquin Counties and Federal Courts in Sacramento and Fresno.