Construction worker death halts work on 49ers' new stadium

Construction was halted at the 49ers new stadium after a worker was killed on Tuesday. (USATSI)
Construction was halted at the 49ers' new stadium after a worker was killed on Tuesday. (USATSI)

Construction on the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara was halted Tuesday morning after a construction worker died on-site. According to, the tragedy occurred in an elevator shaft at Levi's Stadium. 

It appears the victim, 63-year-old Donald White, was working in an elevator shaft when he was killed by an elevator counterweight. 

The death marks the first major injury or fatality at the stadium construction site since the project began in April 2012. 

"There's been 1,000 workers a day working at that site for almost a year now, and it's been amazingly safe," said city spokesman Dan Beerman. "We can't explain how bad we feel about the family of the employee that died."

The 49ers also released a statement expressing their condolences. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers affected by this tragedy," the statement said. "The 49ers family has lost a teammate today."

Construction on the stadium will not continue until the state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health has had a chance to survey the site. 

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