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Worker killed at new San Francisco 49ers stadium

The exterior of the new San Francisco 49ers

The exterior of the new San Francisco 49ers football stadium is shown in Santa Clara, Calif. (May 22, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- State workplace safety investigators say the man killed while working on the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium was an elevator mechanic who was standing on a ladder at the bottom of an elevator shaft when he was hit by a counterweight.

Authorities identified the man as 63-year-old Donald White. He was found dead around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday.

White was a certified elevator mechanic employed by Schindler Elevator Corp.

The company is a subcontractor for the stadium's general contractor, Turner-Devcon.

Turner-Devcon officials say work on the stadium has been stopped until Thursday.

Construction on the $1.3 billion Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara began in April 2012. The 49ers are expected to move there for the 2014 season.

In a statement, the 49ers say they are "deeply saddened" by the death.


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