Another worker dies on site of new 49ers stadium

AP

The new home of the 49ers is coming with a cost that can’t be accounted for.

According to NBCBayArea.com, a steelworker died when steel rebar fell on him at the stadium construction site.

He’s the second worker to die on the site, as another man was killed when an elevator counterweight fell on him in June, stopping construction for two days. There were no fines or citations from the previous incident.

According to Peter Melton, spokesman for Cal-OSHA, a subcontractor worked for Gerdau Ameristeel, and the accident was reported at 6:45 a.m. (Pacific).

Our thoughts are with the family of the victim, and the people who have to go back to work there in the future, knowing the site has already claimed two lives.

55 responses to “Another worker dies on site of new 49ers stadium

  1. Magyver says:
    Oct 14, 2013 1:43 PM
    Where is OSHA?

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    “another man was killed when an elevator counterweight fell on him in June, stopping construction for two days. There were no fines or citations from the previous incident.”

    Having worked in that industry and having dealt with OSHA in another, I cannot believe an elevator counterweight fell on an employee and no fine was given – meaning it was an “act of God” or the employee was at fault. In order for the employee to be at fault, there has to pages of up dated documentation showing the employee had been properly trained and made aware of any and all risks and dangers. It’s nearly impossible to have all the documentation the way that OSHA wants it. There’s something going on that’s not right.

  2. What’s with blaming all of this on the government, when none of us know what happened? I don’t know about any of you, but it is not uncommon to see people in every industry that cut corners and take short cuts, regardless of the training and paperwork that may have been done prior. None of us can say what happened, but it may be just as likely that someone was cutting corners and caused the accident.

  3. “What’s with blaming all of this on the government, when none of us know what happened? I don’t know about any of you, but it is not uncommon to see people in every industry that cut corners and take short cuts, regardless of the training and paperwork that may have been done prior. None of us can say what happened, but it may be just as likely that someone was cutting corners and caused the accident.”

    Thank you, well said.

  4. There were over 60 deaths at City Center in Las Vegas. One of them was an OSHA inspector who “wasn’t tied down right”… She was thrown off the roof because she issued a $50k fine on her previous visit. And when I say 60 deaths, that is just “on-site” meaning it is over 100 when you account for the ones who died at the hospital or on the way. I understand wanting to build something quickly, but the cost is too high in human lives. If you visit Vegas, boycott City Center and Aria. Every screw that holds that place (or doesn’t) together is greased in the blood of countless throw away workers for the sake of a fast opening and a few measley dollars.

  5. jeffreyshulenburg says:
    Oct 14, 2013 2:00 PM
    This is what happens when OSHA gets furloughed. So sad.

    Anyone who thinks this has no idea how OSHA or the construction industry works.

  6. Why does this surprise anyone? Why is the assumption if the government is looking after people they will be safe? They do not prevent accidents in the workplace. Just get people fired more than anything

  7. Crazy. I live just down the street from the new stadium. Hard to believe two people have died there already.

  8. Last year in the US, there were 775 construction related deaths in the US.

    Was OSHA on furlough then?

    People die on construction sites. It’s dangerous work. It’s sad, but it happens. It has nothing to with anyone being furloughed, it has nothing to do with a shutdown.

    OSHA investigates accidents and tries to make job sites safer in the future. It doesn’t hang around on job sites stopping accidents.

    Good grief.

  9. “Having worked in that industry and having dealt with OSHA in another, I cannot believe an elevator counterweight fell on an employee and no fine was given – meaning it was an “act of God” or the employee was at fault. In order for the employee to be at fault, there has to pages of up dated documentation showing the employee had been properly trained and made aware of any and all risks and dangers. It’s nearly impossible to have all the documentation the way that OSHA wants it. There’s something going on that’s not right.”

    The elevator worker was working on the elevator and was in radio contact with a co-worker and gave the direction to lower the counterweight. The employee was found to be at fault for his own death. Don’t understand where your opinion is coming from- because you certainly dont know the facts of the case.

    And the employee who passed today was unloading his own rebar- accidents happen like this on all work sites- it is unfair to place blame on anyone until the facts are known.

  10. there were not 60 deaths at City Center in Vegas. there were 6 (still 6 too many ). I work in construction, people don’t understand how OSHA works. they do not stand there and watch people work. generally they only visit a site AFTER there has been an accident or possibly if a worker makes a complaint about job site conditions.

  11. I just wanna say thanks to the brave individuals who are willing to work on massive projects like this!! If it wasn’t for you, our country and our world would look much different! There is inherent risk in everything we do, but you are willing to look past this risk and make the world a better place, Rest in Piece!

  12. So somebody was standing underneath an elevator counterweight? That can’t be correct protocol right? I don’t care how big the paycheck is, no way putting myself in harm’s way for some billionaire’s new toy.

  13. skwackquackwoof says:
    Oct 14, 2013 2:30 PM
    There were over 60 deaths at City Center in Las Vegas
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    Huh? More like 6 instead of 60. There were also constant problems on that site of workers drinking before (and during) the job. Buzzed workers and heavy machinery-what could go wrong?

  14. So the government is an expert in all things construction? No, I think not. Government has never built anything, it contracts out to the private sector.

    I refuse to respect, or rely on the government, instead I will rely on myself. If you ppl had your way, I’d have to call the government if I ran out of TP in the bathroom.

    RIP to the 2 unfortunate souls who died.

  15. “Thanks Government. Once again, proving to the world you are absolutely useless.”

    What government?

  16. “Jimbo 63 documented, another 50 plus at hospital or en route, no joke.”

    No, there weren’t. You have just flat out misunderstood something, or received incorrect information.
    Unless you’d like to share that “documentation”….

  17. wfh88 says:
    Oct 14, 2013 3:43 PM
    “Jimbo 63 documented, another 50 plus at hospital or en route, no joke.”

    No, there weren’t. You have just flat out misunderstood something, or received incorrect information.
    Unless you’d like to share that “documentation”….
    ===

    skwack lives in that amazing tin foil hat world where 113 people can die on a single construction site, yet not one news agency would ever catch wind of it.

    What did they do, skwack? Bury them all at Area 51? They must have killed all of their families too, or someone would have said something by now. And all of the ambulance drivers and hospital workers. No one said a word.

    Or are they all in the hole in the desert, too?

  18. This is sad.

    Sad that a person, trying to make a living died on the job.

    And really sad when there are individuals who post jokes about it.

  19. This is so sad for those men’s families. Unfortunately, construction (especially on massive projects such as this) is a dangerous job. Even when all the safety protocols are being followed. The knee jerk reaction to blame OSHA and the government shutdown without knowing any facts is ridiculous. Workers dying during construction of stadiums isnt new. If I’m not mistaken, multiple workers (somewhere between 2-6) died while building the astrodome.

  20. fc187 says:
    Oct 14, 2013 4:05 PM
    This is sad.

    Sad that a person, trying to make a living died on the job.

    And really sad when there are individuals who post jokes about it.

    Who posted a joke about it?

  21. bigsuede says:
    Oct 14, 2013 2:52 PM
    “Having worked in that industry and having dealt with OSHA in another, I cannot believe an elevator counterweight fell on an employee and no fine was given – meaning it was an “act of God” or the employee was at fault. In order for the employee to be at fault, there has to pages of up dated documentation showing the employee had been properly trained and made aware of any and all risks and dangers. It’s nearly impossible to have all the documentation the way that OSHA wants it. There’s something going on that’s not right.”

    The elevator worker was working on the elevator and was in radio contact with a co-worker and gave the direction to lower the counterweight. The employee was found to be at fault for his own death. Don’t understand where your opinion is coming from- because you certainly dont know the facts of the case.

    And the employee who passed today was unloading his own rebar- accidents happen like this on all work sites- it is unfair to place blame on anyone until the facts are known.

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    “….or the employee was at fault…”

    I don’t know all the facts of either accident but you’re not reading what I wrote. You have not dealt with OSHA or have any idea what their documentation requirements are.

  22. Being a construction worker i can tell you first hand that there are usually 3 types of workplace accidents. One is when the worker is at fault. they usually get in a hurry or dont follow every safety rule and bad things happen. The second is when the company gets in a hurry and they demand workers cut corners to get a project done and to get it done on time. The third one is just an unfortunate accident. Sometimes all the rules are followed and sh*t happens. Sad to say but it does.

  23. From the OSHA site. As of Oct.1, 2013, the last time it was updated before the furlough.

    “4,609 workers were killed on the job in 2011 [BLS revised 2011 workplace fatality data*] (3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers)—almost 90 a week or nearly 13 deaths every day. (This is the third lowest annual total since the fatal injury census was first conducted in 1992).”

    Guess what? People die on construction sites.

  24. Very large construction projects (like this one) have ‘x’ amount of worker deaths/injuries pencilled in along with all other costs. Money is actually budgeted for these things. Sounds cold-hearted but it is true. That’s one of the things actuaries do for a living.

  25. Does anybody really think praying is going to change anything?

    I doubt evolution will bring them any comfort.

  26. People die during major construction projects all the time, its not uncommon. For some perspective, 11 construction workers died building the Golden Gate Bridge.

  27. “Does anybody really think praying is going to change anything?”

    There are those that say there is power in positive thought. But you’re probably better off burying your face in a near beer and crying.

    P.S. Atheists who preach are doing the same thing as bible thumpers.

  28. Some of you morons who don’t work construction need to cease talking. Your speaking from your arse and it makes you look like a fool.

    Injuries happen on every job. Sometimes it’s a scrape, and sometimes it’s death. I did work on the new Cowboys stadium and a guy died there as well. Sometimes things happen even when you are being 100% careful. That’s just a risk that goes along with the job.

  29. People die, have always died and always will die at construction sites. California of all places has the absolute most stringent safety requirements. These guys aren’t sitting at desks……accidents happen. Guys don’t follow rules on sites all the time, so don’t blame construction or the rules of construction.

    Cars and driving laws recommend and mandate every safe practice currently known….people still die. There are always accidents.

    You people talking about the 1900’s and OSHA or any other scapegoat beyond this being a simple accident are uneducated ambulance chasing d-bags.

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