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Union Files Complaint In Death Of Window-Washing Custodian At UC Berkeley

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Students walk to class at UC Berkeley (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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BERKELEY (CBS/AP) — A union representing service workers at the University of California, Berkeley has filed a complaint with state authorities over the death of a custodian.

Forty-five-year-old Damon Frick died after falling from a lift on April 7 while washing window sills at a campus auditorium 20 feet above the ground.

The complaint against the university says Frick never received proper safety training, and his supervisor assigned him the job even though those duties weren’t part of his typical work. It was filed Wednesday with the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Frick’s family separately is pursuing a wrongful death claim against UC Berkeley.

A call to the university on Friday was not immediately returned.


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