San Diego, CA asked in Municipal Law for California

Q: Is there anything I can do to report a company that unsafely operates heavy equipment on a public sidewalk?

This is a business/industrial area without a lot of foot traffic, but there are many people that must take the bus and then walk or ride their bike to work from the bus stop. The company stores pallets near the sidewalk and drives their forklift onto the sidewalk, backing up without looking to see if pedestrians around and are unconcerned over pedestrian safety. When confronted over the issue, owners simply asked me to leave their property. No one has been actual hit, to my knowledge, so its not a criminal matter for the polic,e I would think. Is there something to do or someone to report them to to prevent someone from getting hit, since the owners are unconcerned about public safety?

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William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: If its a violation of a Municipal ordinance, you can ask the police to patrol and cite. The employer may also be in violation of workplace safety rules, so you could make a complaint to Cal-OSHA and it might investigate and require modification of the workplace practices.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
Answered
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: MORE INFO NEEDED.

IF THEY ARE IN VIOLATION OF AN ORDINANCE OR SOME OTHER LAW, YOU CAN CALL THE POLICE, CITY HALL, ETC TO HAVE THEM CITED.

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