Following the second workplace death in less than four months, construction of the new San Francisco 49ers football stadium was temporarily halted last month. Construction firm Turner-Devcon is overseeing the $1.2 billion project, located in Santa Clara, Calif., about 40 miles south of team’s current home in Candlestick Park. The new Levi Stadium is slated to be completed in time for the 2014 season.
In June, a 63-year-old elevator mechanic, Donald White, was killed on the job when he was struck by a counterweight while working in an elevator shaft. White, who was employed by Schindler Elevator Corp., had worked as an elevator mechanic for more than 40 years.
The latest worker death occurred when a delivery truck driver was crushed by rebar that was being unloaded from his truck on the morning of Oct. 14. The worker, Edward Lake, II, was employed by Gerdau, a multinational steel company headquartered in Tampa, Fla. But he worked from the company’s Napa Reinforcing Steel subsidiary, which fabricates rebar.
Cal/OSHA, the state agency that investigates workplace deaths and injuries, cited another Gerdau division, Gerdau Reinforcing Steel West of San Diego, for an unspecified violation earlier this year, for a job at another location. However, there is no history of any Cal/OSHA violations for Turner-Devcon, which is a joint venture between Turner Construction Co. and Devcon Construction Inc. The company was not cited for any faults related to Mr. White’s death in the elevator shaft. The job site was closed following Mr. Lake’s death, but reopened the following day. Workers were offered counseling, and were scheduled to participate in safety meetings.
Sources: Insurance Journal, and San Francisco Gate
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