A worker was killed this morning at the San Francisco 49ers’ new under-construction stadium in Santa Clara, a city spokesman said.
Company officials identified the victim as Donald White, an elevator installer who had worked for Schindler “for many years.”
White, 63, was apparently standing on a ladder beneath the elevator’s counterweight when the counterweight “came down and struck him,” said Peter Melton, a spokesman for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.
The accident was reported at 6:45 a.m. at the construction site at Tasman Drive and Centennial Boulevard.
Santa Clara city spokesman Dan Beerman said it appears the person was working in the bottom of an elevator shaft when another worker “took a car down the shaft” and inadvertently crushed the victim.
Beerman said word of the death has sent a shock wave through the city.
“Everybody’s walking around here in a daze,” he said.
He said the victim is an employee of a subcontractor for Turner-Devcon, the stadium project’s general contractor.
“It’s a shame because we’ve had 1,000 people a day working on that site for well over a year now and we’ve had very minimal accidents, and to have this is just devastating for everybody,” he said.
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