BERKELEY (CBS SF) – A 62-year-old construction worker laying asphalt at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School was killed when a big-rig rolled over him Tuesday afternoon, a California Division of Occupational Safety and Health spokesman said.

The worker was rebuilding a running track at the middle school, located at 1781 Rose St., when around 12:45 p.m. a big-rig parked on a slope started rolling, Cal/OSHA spokesman Peter Melton said.

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The truck rolled over him and crushed him, Melton said.

No other employees were injured in the incident, he said.

The Livermore man was an employee for the San Jose-based Robert A. Bothman construction company and the crew had been contracted by the Berkeley Unified School District.

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The worker’s name has not been released pending notification of his family, according to the Alameda County coroner’s bureau.

A state safety inspector was sent to the scene Tuesday and the case will be investigated for up to six months, Melton said.

In the past five years the construction company had no reported safety violations, Melton said.

The school opens Wednesday.


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