SANTA CLARA (CBS) – A construction worker killed at the site of the new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara Tuesday has been identified.

The coroner’s office identified the man as 63-year-old Donald Eugene White, of Sacramento.

The accident was reported at 6:45 a.m. at the construction site at Tasman Drive and Centennial Boulevard. White was working in an elevator shaft when he was hit in the head by an elevator counterweight, said Santa Clara city spokesman Dan Beerman.

Beerman said word of the death has sent a shock wave through the city.

“Everybody’s walking around here in a daze,” he said.

He said White was an employee of a subcontractor for Turner-Devcon, the stadium project’s general contractor.

“It’s a shame because we’ve had 1,000 people a day working on that site for well over a year now and we’ve had very minimal accidents, and to have this is just devastating for everybody,” he said.

Construction workers wearing hard hats and vests were seen leaving the facility. Work on the $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara began in April 2012. The 49ers are expected to move there from Candlestick Park for the 2014 season.

The stadium has been selected to host the 2016 Super Bowl.


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