Worker killed at stadium construction site

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 5C

SANTA CLARA – Work has stopped at the new $1.2 billion 49ers showcase stadium while police, firefighters and state workplace safety officials investigate a second deadly accident there in less than four months.

A delivery truck driver was crushed early Monday by a bundle of rebar being unloaded from his truck, officials at the scene said. An ambulance rushed the severely injured worker to a local hospital, where he died, according to a spokesman for Turner/Devcon, the construction firm building the stadium.

"We are deeply saddened to confirm that the driver has passed away as a result of his injuries," spokesman Jonathan Harvey said.

The man was an employee of Gerdau Ameristeel's Napa Reinforcing Steel facility, a subcontractor on Levi Stadium, said Gerdau Ameristeel spokeswoman Kimberly M. Selph.

In a statement, the 49ers said their "sincerest thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers affected by this tragedy."

The stadium is in Santa Clara, about 40 miles south of Candlestick Park, which it is replacing. Construction is slated to be finished in July, and crews have been working in high gear to meet that deadline. Officials say the accelerated work plan involves a highly coordinated scheme to maximize efficiency and avoid delays.

An elevator mechanic, 63-year-old Donald White, was killed at the stadium in June when he was struck by a counterweight while working in a shaft.

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