The California Department of Industrial Relations includes an important agency that is responsible for ensuring workplace safety. The formal name of agency is the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, but it is informally known as "Cal/OSHA" in a nod to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Cal/OSHA is responsible for many tasks, but none is more important than the investigation of workplace accidents and the enforcement of the state's workplace safety laws.
A recent accident in Kelseyville demonstrates how the agency works. On Tuesday, October 23, an apprentice carpenter working on a shop building at the Kelseyville High School was severely injured when he fell from a scissors lift. The man was flown to a nearby hospital, but he died from his injuries the next day. Personnel of the Kelseyville Fire Department responded to the emergency call from the site, but no further details of the accident have been released.