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Worker killed during construction of 49ers stadium in Santa Clara

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Construction on the 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara has been halted after an elevator worker was killed in an accident at the site Tuesday morning.

According to the Mercury News, the 63-year-old mechanic was on a ladder at the bottom of an elevator shaft when he was struck by an elevator counter weight at around 6:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Work on the $1.3 billion site of Super Bowl L is suspended until Thursday to allow workers to grieve. This is the first break in construction on the 49ers’ future home since it began in 2012. The stadium is estimated to be about 40 percent complete and is ahead of schedule. The 49ers plan to move into their palace in time for the 2014 season.

Here’s the team’s statement on the tragedy:

“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.”

More from the Merc:

Santa Clara city spokesman Daniel Beerman issued a release today stating “The city of Santa Clara was deeply saddened to learn the results of a tragic incident that occurred early this morning. We wish to express our sincerest sympathies to the family and relatives of the worker who lost his life.”

The accident was reported around 6:50 a.m. on the ground floor of the stadium, Rayborn said. Santa Clara police, firefighters and Cal OSHA were then contacted, which is routine in these circumstances.

The 49ers held their first day of minicamp on Tuesday next door to Levi’s Stadium at the team’s training facility.

[via SJMN; photo via Matt Maiocco]

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