Livermore Man Killed in Berkeley Construction Accident

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    Track at King Middle School in Berkeley where construction worker died. Aug. 27, 2013

    A construction crew member laying asphalt on a new track at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School was run over by a truck and killed Tuesday, according to the Berkeley Unified School District and state health workplace officials.

    The worker, who has not been identified, was hit about 12:30 p.m. in what dstrict spokesman Mark Coplan described as a tragic accident. Representatives from the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health said he was laying asphalt when the accident occurred.

    According to Berkeleyside,  it is possible that there was a problem with the truck’s brakes, he added. “People were yelling at him,” Coplan said.

    The 62-year-old Livermore man worked for Robert A. Bothman Construction company, according to Cal-OSHA.

    Berkeleyside reported that according to OSHA’s database, the company has had only one listed violation since 2003, which resulted in a $300 fine.

    Renovation work has been ongoing at the track, which has a street entrance on Hopkins Street between Josephine Street and Colusa Avenue, all summer. Crews have been replacing irrigation and grass in the field to make the track into an all-weather track.

    No students were at the North Berkeley school at the time; school starts on Wednesday.