Construction Worker Crushed By Bulldozer Near Livermore

LIVERMORE (CBS SF) — A man killed in a bulldozer accident on a wind farm outside of Livermore on Monday afternoon was identified by the Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office Tuesday as 52-year-old Fred Perle Telford of Hilmar, Merced County.

Telford, a longtime bulldozer operator working for Minnesota-based Blattner Energy, Inc., was crushed when the bulldozer he was driving slipped down a steep embankment and ejected him from the cab, said Erika Monterroza, spokeswoman for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

The accident happened at about 1:05 p.m. in the area of North Vasco Road, near the border of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, Alameda County fire Battalion Chief Rob Eaton said.

Telford was cutting a new road on the wind farm when the fatal incident occurred, Monterroza said.

Cal/OSHA opened an investigation into the death on Monday afternoon.

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One Comment

  1. Larry Dean Shelor says:

    MURDER! no foreman around,company killed another worker in south calif. few years ago,this company has very lax saftey! lack of supervision should make company liable by cal-osha!,and we hope ca. will start govering wind construction osha needs to look @ COMPANY HISTORY!

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