A man who fell to his death Tuesday while working at a Bay Meadows construction site in San Mateo was identified as 54-year-old Elias Vera of Fairfield, according to the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office.
The accident was reported around 3:40 p.m. after Vera landed on his head after falling 15 feet from the top of a wall during construction of a townhouse, according to San Mateo police.
San Mateo Deputy Fire Chief John Healy said Vera died at the scene despite life-saving measures by paramedics.
Vera was working on constructing some of the new residences at the remaining 83 acres of the transit-oriented development called the Canterbury townhomes, said Tom Mitchell, president and chief operating officer for the developer TRI Pointe Homes.
“We’re saddened by the accident and certainly our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all our team members right now. And we are just in the middle of investigating the accident, we’re not sure of exact circumstances, so we’re just trying to understand what happened right now,” Mitchell said.
Multiple agencies will likely conduct their own investigations, including the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, TRI Pointe Homes and the contractor hired by the developer, Mitchell said.
The site has been completely closed and the project has been put on hold while the investigation continues, Mitchell said. The site will likely reopen for active construction next week, he added.
Canterbury is the second set of homes TRI Pointe has developed with its first set called Amelia, selling out before construction was completed, Mitchell said.
“We really have an excellent safety record and we’ve got practices and protocol in place and we want to ensure those standards of safety be met going forward,” Mitchell said.