The former owner of a Santa Rosa roofing company has been sentenced to nine months in the Sonoma County Jail for the death of one employee and injury of another. The employees fell through unprotected skylights at two separate job sites in 2006.Kenneth Hugh Alton, 57, owner of ANC Roofing, pleaded no contest Tuesday to two felony counts of causing an employee’s death or impairment. Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Elliot Daum immediately sentenced Alton to the nine-month jail term. Alton must turn himself in to the North County Detention Facility by 7 p.m. June 25. The Sonoma County Probation Department rejected a work release program for Alton. Sonoma County District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua said Antonio Quezada Serrano was operating a felt-laying machine on May 11, 2006, at a Rohnert Park job site when he backed into an unguarded skylight and fell 21 feet to his death. On Sept. 21, 2006, Jose Pina Maya was installing plastic sheeting on a roof in Windsor when a gust of wind blew him into an unprotected skylight, Passalacqua said. Maya fell 19 feet and suffered severe head trauma and a broken leg.The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated the incidents and referred the case to the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office. State labor law requires barricades or covers on or around unprotected skylights.Passalacqua said Alton faced three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.Alton was ordered to pay $248,000 in fines and restitution to the victims, Passalacqua said.Robert Lawrence AcAfee, 38, of Santa Rosa, a supervisor for ANC Roofing, pleaded no contest Tuesday to a misdemeanor count of knowingly or negligently violating a provision of the labor code that is considered a serious violation. McAfee was sentenced to 30 days in the North County Detention Facility. He must begin his term by June 24 but may apply for work furlough. Dale Charles, 68, former owner of ANC Roofing, is charged with a felony count of causing an employee’s death or impairment and one misdemeanor count of knowingly or negligently violating a provision of the labor code. He is scheduled to be arraigned in court May 18.Passalacqua said the two incidents were preventable tragedies and that when safety laws are ignored “it is more than an accident, it is a crime.”
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