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June 11, 2013
Worker killed at 49ers stadium in Santa Clara


Work has been shut down on the 49ers' new $1.3 billion stadium after a construction worker was killed in an elevator shaft at 6:50 a.m today. Exactly how the fatality occurred is under investigation, according to officials for Turner-Devcon, the general contractor for the project.

There are approximately 1,000 people working on the stadium, which is due to be completed a little more than a year from now. Turner-Devcon said all workers must take a safety orientation and safety training before beginning work.

Stadium construction has been halted while Cal-OSHA interviews workers and conducts an investigation. Construction at Levi's Stadium has been around the clock since a groundbreaking ceremony for the facility in April of 2012.

The 49ers posted a statement on their web site at 9:45 a.m.: "The 49ers organization was deeply saddened to learn this morning of the news at the construction site. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers affected by this tragedy. The 49ers family has lost a teammate today."

The 49ers and the Bay Area recently were awarded Super Bowl L, which will be played in February 2016 at the new stadium. The 49ers will begin playing there in 2014. This is their final season at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

The 49ers will kickoff a three-day minicamp today on their practice fields, which are adjacent to the stadium.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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