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Union files safety complaint in custodian’s death

May 12, 2014
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BERKELEY, CA — Union leaders have filed a complaint with the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health regarding the April death of a custodian at the University of California at Berkeley, according to the San Jose Mercury-News.

Leaders of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 (AFSCME) said Damon Frick fell from a 20-foot lift at the International House on campus and later died from the injuries he sustained, the article stated.

According to the article, in the complaint, the union alleges that "UC Berkeley violated the California Health and Safety Act and failed to comply with its own health and safety policies."

"Frick's death was an entirely preventable tragedy and UC must be held accountable," said AFSCME Local 3299 President Kathryn Lybarger in a statement.

The union alleges that the university has since "failed to produce any records demonstrating that the lift equipment Frick was operating had been properly maintained, or whether Frick had received any hands-on training related to its proper use," the article noted.

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