Oakland woman died in printing press accident
By Ari Burack and Laura Dudnick
January 30, 2008
A San Francisco printing company employee who was killed on
the job yesterday has been identified as Margarita Mojica, 26,
of Oakland, according to the San Francisco medical examiner's
The industrial accident was reported at around 11:30 a.m. at
Digital Pre-Press International, located at 645 Mariposa St.,
said San Francisco fire Lt. Ken Smith.
Emergency crews came to her aid within minutes and were able
to manually release the machine and pull Mojica out, but she succumbed
to her injuries and was declared dead at the scene, Smith said.
She suffered head and chest trauma, according to California Occupational
Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Kate Macguire.
Employees at the San Francisco printing company are shaken up
by the accident and were set to meet with grief counselors, Smith
The printing and lithography company has not had any safety violations
reported in the past five years, Macguire said.
Yesterday's incident is the city's second fatal industrial accident
in two days.
On Monday, Luis Gonzalez, 43, of Ceres, Calif., was crushed to
death when a five-story high boiler collapsed
at the former Pacific Gas & Electric Co. power plant located
at 1000 Evans Ave.
The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration
launched investigations into both industrial accidents, Macguire
Any time there an employee suffers an injury in a workplace that
requires at least one overnight stay at a hospital, state health
and safety officials are required to investigate, according to
The investigation includes determining what happened factually;
whether any violations to health and safety codes took place and
what may have caused or contributed to the accident; and whether
changes need to be made to improve safety and prevent accidents
from happening in the future, Macguire said.
Each investigation will most likely take two to three months,
although the safety and health administration has up to six months
to investigate according to California state law, Macguire said.