The owner and manager of a Dogpatch building supply company have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2016 death of a forklift driver. (Courtesy Bryan Carmody)

The owner and manager of a Dogpatch building supply company have been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2016 death of a forklift driver. (Courtesy Bryan Carmody)

Two charged with manslaughter in fatal Dogpatch forklift accident

The owner and manager of a San Francisco building supply company in the Dogpatch have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and labor code violations in connection with the 2016 death of a forklift driver, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Alfred Lee, 65, the owner of Good View Roofing and Building Supply, and Alan Chan, 44, have been charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and three violations of the labor code each.

They were charged along with the company in connection with the Nov. 21, 2016 death of a man identified by prosecutors as 60-year-old Hua Quing Ruan. Ruan, a South San Francisco resident, was previously identified by the medical examiner as Ruan Quiang, with a listed age of 58.

Ruan was killed when a forklift he was driving overturned on a ramp just before 2 p.m. He became pinned underneath the forklift and died of his injuries at the scene.

Court documents allege that Lee and Chan violated workplace safety procedures by failing to provide a curb on the ramp the forklift was driving on. Video evidence in the case shows one of the forklift’s tires went off the ramp, causing the 5-ton vehicle to tip.

Good View was fined $62,320 by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health in 2017 in connection with the incident.
Lee and Chan surrendered on Friday and are out of custody on $50,000 bail each, with arraignment set for June 5.

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