Updated 8 a.m. Tuesday: A truck driver who was killed Monday morning at the construction site for the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara has been
identified by the medical examiner's office as 60-year-old Edward Erving Lake
Jr., of Vacaville. Bay City News Service — The driver of a delivery truck was killed Monday morning in an
accident at the construction site for the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in
Santa Clara, according to the project's general contractor.
A statement released by the contractor, Turner-Devcon, said the
accident happened at about 6:30 a.m. as the driver was unloading materials
from the truck.
Peter Melton, a spokesman for the California Division of
Occupational Safety and Health, said a bundle of rebar fell on the victim,
who was an employee of subcontractor Gerdau Ameristeel.
"We are deeply saddened to confirm that the driver has passed away
as a result of his injuries," the Turner-Devcon statement read. "Our thoughts and prayers
go out to his family during this very difficult time."
Construction work at the stadium site has been halted for the day.
The accident is under investigation by the Santa Clara police and
fire departments and Cal/OSHA.
The San Francisco 49ers released a statement in response to the
"The 49ers organization learned this morning that an accident
occurred involving a driver as he delivered materials to the stadium," the
team said. "Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends
and co-workers affected by this tragedy."
This is the second construction-related death at the stadium site.
On the morning of June 11, worker Donald White was killed in an accident in
an elevator shaft there.
White, 63, was an employee of subcontractor Schindler Elevator
Corp. and had a wife and four sons. Construction was halted for two days
after his death.
The $1.3 billion stadium, located at Centennial Boulevard and
Tasman Drive, is slated to open in 2014.