Safety First — Then Come Tough Decisions for S.D. Businesses


We’ve zeroed in on four issues that frustrate a broad spectrum of San Diego businesses, and have dubbed them The Four Horsemen.

Here’s the first one.

Dale Watkins wanted to hand out more raises to his workers in 2015.

A 65 percent spike in Watkins’ workers’ compensation insurance bill from 2013 to 2014 derailed that plan, kicking his bill up to nearly $100,000.

It’s not because Watkins’ company, Sheffield Platers in Sorrento Mesa, has a bad safety record. In fact, it has a stellar one, Watkins said — with a safety rating that’s more than 20 percent higher than the average California electroplating company.


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