NFL fans in California may already know that the football stadium that will be home to the 49ers is under construction. Unfortunately, a man was killed in a construction site accident recently while working on the stadium's construction. The man had been working on one of the elevators at the time of the accident.
OSHA gave the contractors the go ahead to begin working on the construction again, and people that knew him agreed that the victim would want for everyone to resume working on the project. In the meantime, OSHA will be investigating the incident to determine exactly what caused the accident and if anything could have been done to prevent it. The agency will also be looking at safety equipment, procedures and training to make sure it is adequate.
The man died when a counterweight on the elevator he was in fell. He had been on a ladder underneath the counterweight and when it fell, it hit him as well. It is not known if it was a temporary elevator or one of the stadium's elevators that the victim was working on when he died.
This construction site accident stunned workers at the stadium and garnered sympathy from everyone, including the San Francisco 49ers, who issued a statement about the loss. California construction workers are aware that there is an element of risk in the job they do, but it is still a shock when one of their own dies or is severely injured. It is the responsibility of the contractors to ensure the safety of their crews, and when that doesn't happen, workers -- or their families when a fatality occurs -- can turn to the workers' compensation laws for assistance and relief.
Source: ktvu.com, "49ers stadium construction suspended until Thursday after worker’s death," June 11, 2013