A truck driver died early Monday at the construction site for the new San Francisco 49ers stadium when he was crushed by a bundle of rebar being unloaded from his truck. The worker was the second worker to die at this construction site in less than six months. Construction at the new $1.2 billion stadium was halted on Monday as police and fire investigators attempted to determine the cause of the accident; work was slated to restart Tuesday.
According to a spokesman for Turner/Devcon, the construction company building Levi’s Stadium, the severely injured worker was rushed to a local hospital by ambulance, but was later pronounced dead. Spokesman Jonathan Harvey expressed his condolences for the family of the worker. He further stated that that he was informed on Monday that although workplace safety officials will be continuing their investigations, which could take months, “the jobsite has been deemed safe and is permitted to reopen.”
The man who was killed has been identified as sixty-year-old Edward Erving Lake II. He was an employee of a subcontractor working on the stadium, Gerdau Ameristeel’s Napa Reinforcing Steel facility. Sixty-three-year-old Donald White, an elevator mechanic, was killed in June at the stadium when he was struck by a counterweight while working in an elevator shaft. The new stadium construction is supposed to be finished in July 2014, and crews have been working very hard to meet that deadline. According to officials, “the accelerated work plan involves a highly coordinated scheme to maximize efficiency and avoid delays.”
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