Bay Area beekeepers plead guilty to misconduct in employee’s death

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A pair of beekeeping business owners pleaded guilty Wednesday to safety violations that caused a employee death 2018 in Novato.

Defendants Mark Dennis Tauzer and son Trevor Hansen Tauzer previously pleaded not guilty to a charge of causing the victim’s death. They changed their pleas after their attorneys successfully had their felony charges reduced to misdemeanors in Marin Superior Court.

The case involves what happened at a work site for the defendants’ Yolo County-based business, Tauzer Apiaries Inc. Employee Carlos Del Toro was crushed between a cage and forklift while exiting a Bobcat, according to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. His death was ruled accidental.

Judge Kelly Simmons sentenced the Tauzers to one year of probation on Wednesday. She also ordered them to pay compensation to the victim’s family and to complete a safety course in operating heavy machinery.

Prosecutor Geoff Iida and defense attorneys Peter Goodman and Geoffrey Rotwein declined to comment on the case.

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