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Cal-OSHA law applies even to tiny businesses

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Think your business is too small to be covered by Cal-OSHA safety regulations? Think again.

Recent case: Lloyd, a retiree from Simi Valley, owns two triplexes in West Los Angeles. Matthias is Lloyd’s former neighbor and friend. Lloyd agreed to pay Matthias $20 per hour to paint the eaves on one of the triplexes. On the first day of painting, Matthias walked off the roof.

Matthias sued over unpaid medical bills, alleging that Lloyd was re­­quired to provide a safe workplace under Cal-OSHA safety rules. Lloyd argued that Matthias wasn’t covered because he was merely doing casual work for a homeowner.

The court nixed that argument, reasoning that Lloyd ran a business and therefore the work wasn’t for a “homeowner.” (Bussard v. Ings, B244911, Court of Appeal of Cali­­for­­nia, 2nd Appellate District, 2013)

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