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Report: Construction worker dies at Levi’s Stadium


Work on the 49ers’ new stadium has taken a tragic turn, as a construction worker has died on the site.

According to, an elevator subcontractor was killed when a counter-weight fell on top of him this morning.

Workers were sent home from the site of Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara shortly thereafter. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the man involved.

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32 Responses to “Report: Construction worker dies at Levi’s Stadium”
  1. blacknole08 says: Jun 11, 2013 12:04 PM

    Ouch!! Poor guy. I hope he went instantly because that sounded painful.

  2. marvin49 says: Jun 11, 2013 12:11 PM


  3. revskip says: Jun 11, 2013 12:11 PM

    Going to games in California is dangerous, stabbings in San Diego, shootings in San Fran, etc.

    Apparently even building the damn stadiums is deadly too.

  4. goldrush36 says: Jun 11, 2013 12:13 PM

    Slow down fellas… sometimes an extra minute is the difference in life and death. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family

  5. nineroutsider says: Jun 11, 2013 12:15 PM

    Harsh way to go; these guys have dangerous jobs and don’t make tons of money or get a lot of respect from some “professionals”. Just something to consider since we rarely give thanks to those that have a hand in building this nation’s infra-structure, buildings, etc.


  6. otis52gsh says: Jun 11, 2013 12:26 PM


  7. asimonetti88 says: Jun 11, 2013 12:29 PM

    Oh no! So sorry to hear this! RIP and my thoughts are with the family through this tragedy!

  8. ninerfan81 says: Jun 11, 2013 12:29 PM

    I hate this, thoughts and prayers to his family. I worked construction as a 16 and 17 yr old during the summers and I’d never let my kid do that in hindsight…all you construction workers be careful out there.

  9. kcroyal says: Jun 11, 2013 12:31 PM

    That’s a bummer. Hopefully his wife and kids are taken care of financially.

  10. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Jun 11, 2013 12:34 PM

    Pay for his funeral Roger Goodell!!! Redistribute the wealth of these 1%ers and entitle the working class!

    Unite and long live the revolution!

  11. mrrmiyagi says: Jun 11, 2013 12:40 PM

    Tragic news. May he rest in peace.

    You know darn well there’ll be plenty of haunted elevator stories at the new stadium when it opens.

  12. goldrush36 says: Jun 11, 2013 12:51 PM

    Goodell won’t do squat but I wouldn’t overlook Jed to take care of things. It’s crazy to fathom how much different he is than his dad.

  13. godofwine330 says: Jun 11, 2013 12:56 PM

    This is a shame. I darned shame. You never know when your last day is. Live life, release the sweet bitterness you have toward other people for reasons that are not legitimate and love thy neighbor. May he rest in peace, and may his family be taken care of in his absence.

    (it is sad that some thumbs down demons infiltrate threads like this and give thumbs down to anything positive)

  14. demolition510 says: Jun 11, 2013 12:57 PM

    What a sad and tragic event. Bless his family. Spend time with your loved ones folks. Let go of the little things.

  15. marvsleezy says: Jun 11, 2013 12:59 PM

    I bet Darren Rovell is checking Levis stock price and getting ready to tweet about how they should have waited till building was finished to sponsor it.

  16. robgilman says: Jun 11, 2013 1:05 PM

    RIP. I hope the Fremont 49ers include a memorial inside the stadium

  17. hpeters77 says: Jun 11, 2013 1:18 PM


  18. sffaithful says: Jun 11, 2013 1:20 PM

    Prayers go out to the family

  19. jwil007 says: Jun 11, 2013 1:42 PM

    May God have a mansion for him in heaven… Prayers to him and his family…..

  20. larrydavid7000 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:15 PM


  21. nathanbetz91 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:33 PM

    @revskip, don’t forget the escalators at Houston, remember that?

  22. chucknorrissinspiration says: Jun 11, 2013 3:14 PM

    This “construction worker” have a name, or was his name Construction Worker? I hope when I die, one might refer to me as “who” I was.

  23. briank1ne says: Jun 11, 2013 3:33 PM

    Man that’s tragic.. I just lost a loved one. actually going to the funeral soon. May he rest in peace and his spirit live forever through those that are left behind.

  24. jp49er80 says: Jun 11, 2013 3:52 PM


  25. larryboodry says: Jun 11, 2013 6:19 PM

    Man, what a shame…Thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and may he rest in peace.

  26. larryboodry says: Jun 11, 2013 6:21 PM

    And yeah, not sure what kind of warped mind one has to have to ‘thumbs down’ words of support and condolence.

  27. nomoreseasontix says: Jun 11, 2013 7:52 PM

    Serves to remind all of us who build large facilities:
    Use the resources and procedures that are available. Accidents are always preventable.
    I’d hate to be the Schindler employee who had to make the call to his wife.
    Tragic and avoidable.

  28. raiderapologist says: Jun 11, 2013 9:07 PM

    Going up, we hope.

  29. mobuccsfan says: Jun 11, 2013 9:11 PM

    R.I.P. And thoughts with the family.

    Also, briank1ne, sorry for your loss.

  30. mobuccsfan says: Jun 11, 2013 9:11 PM

    R.I.P. And thoughts with the family.

    Also, briank1ne, sorry for your loss.

  31. wclark22 says: Jun 11, 2013 10:49 PM

    The man who passed in the accident was Donald White, 63 years old. I know two of his four sons personally. Both of them are union electricians in the bay area. I am a union electrician as well and the news saddened many of us at work today. In construction our job is dangerous and we all know that but to hear of a death on the job site is unthinkable and sobering to us all. All I can say is for those of you who went home to your families today you are all truly blessed. You never know when your time will come.

  32. larryboodry says: Jun 12, 2013 10:23 PM


    Sorry for your loss…Thoughts and prayers sent your way, as well.

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