A construction worker at SoFi Stadium died on Friday morning in a falling accident as they were working on a section of the roof, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. One person who was briefed on the incident told The Times that the worker fell from a height of 50 to 60 feet while working on the roof in the southeast corner of the stadium near one of the massive concrete support columns.
Because of this accident, work on the $5 billion project has been temporarily stopped.
"This is an extremely sad day. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues at this extremely difficult time," Turner-AECOM Hunt, the site's general contractor, said in a statement, via ESPN. "We work extremely hard to prevent days like this and we have halted all construction activity. Counseling services will be made available to all workers on site to support them in the difficult days and weeks ahead."
SoFi Stadium, which began construction in November 2016, is set to be the home of both the Los Angele Rams and Los Angeles Chargers this season. The first major event that is scheduled at the stadium is a preseason exhibition between the Rams and New Orleans Saints on Aug. 14.
The news of this death comes just a day after the number of known COVID-19 cases of workers at the stadium increased to 12, seven of which have come in over the last eight days.