Update 12:30 p.m.:

 

(Bay City News) Construction on the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium in Santa  Clara has been halted after a worker was killed in an elevator accident at the site early this morning.

The accident was reported at 6:53 a.m. at the site of what will be  Levi’s Stadium, the $1.3 billion venue at Centennial Boulevard and Tasman  Drive slated to open in 2014.

Robert Rayborn, project co-director with general contractor  Turner-Devcon, said the worker who died was an employee of subcontractor  Schindler Elevator Corp.

He said the accident occurred in one of 14 elevator shafts at the  stadium site but that the circumstances remain under investigation. The  worker’s name has not yet been released.

“We have 1,000 employees a day working there and we have very few  accidents, especially serious ones,” Rayborn said. “We can’t describe our  sadness. This is such a tragedy.” He said the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health  is investigating the accident.

In the meantime, work on the stadium has been stopped and workers  have been sent home. Project co-director Jonathan Harvey said it is not clear  when work will resume, but that the site is shut down at least for the day.

Harvey said safety is the company’s primary concern.

“We will never put a worker in a hazardous situation,” he said.

A statement released by Turner-Devcon this morning read, “We are  deeply saddened to confirm that a worker died this morning while working on the stadium construction site. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family  during this very difficult time.”

The statement said that in addition to Cal/OSHA, the Santa Clara  police and fire departments are looking into the accident, and that  Turner-Devcon will also conduct its own investigation.

Grief counselors will be made available to friends and coworkers of the victim in the coming days and weeks, according to the company.

Santa Clara city spokesman Dan Beerman said word of the death has  sent a shock wave through the city.

“Everybody’s walking around here in a daze,” he said.

  • construction news

    Accidents on construction site are most at 50% to happen , due to the environment and its level of difficulty , construction workers don’t have the full safety on the site . All workers must be careful and alert when they are on the job , for less accident maybe just be careful and put some caution sign for safety :)

    http://www.construction-post.com/

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