Firm That Employed Pollock Pines Dozer Operator Killed in Carr Fire Lacked Required Insurance

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Smith was working for Pollock Pines-based Robert Dominikus General Engineering, one of the scores of small contractors Cal Fire hires for the use of ...

The company that hired a bulldozer operator killed during the massive Carr Fire in July does not have a workers' compensation policy on file with Cal Fire -- despite an agency requirement that it show proof its employees were covered.

Donald Ray Smith, 81, from the El Dorado County community of Pollock Pines, died on July 26...

The companies that hired the two other deceased workers also lacked workers' compensation policies, which typically provide a wide range of benefits for workers hurt, disabled or killed on the job.

Smith was working for Pollock Pines-based Robert Dominikus General Engineering, one of the scores of small contractors Cal Fire hires for the use of heavy equipment like bulldozers and water tenders.

Cal Fire regulations require the contractors to supply a current workers' compensation policy with the state firefighting agency.

But the company's contract with Cal Fire, obtained through a California Public Records Act request, does not include such ...

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