A construction worker at SoFi Stadium died in a fall accident on Friday morning while working on part of the roof, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. A person 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 pillars.
Because of this accident, work on the $ 5 billion project was temporarily suspended.
“This is an extremely sad day. Our thoughts and prayers go with his family, friends and colleagues during this extremely difficult time,” said Turner-AECOM Hunt, general contractor for the site, in a statement via ESPN. “We are working very hard to prevent days like this from happening and we have stopped all construction work. Consultation services will be made available to all on-site staff to support them in the difficult days and weeks ahead.”
SoFi Stadium, which began construction in November 2016, will be home to the Los Angele Rams and Los Angeles Chargers this season. The first major event scheduled at the stadium is a pre-season exhibit between the Rams and the Saints of New Orleans on August 14th.
The news of that death comes just a day after the number of known COVID-19 cases from workers at the stadium rose to 12, seven of which were received in the past eight days.