Construction worker killed by falling rebar

SAN DIEGO - A construction worker was killed Tuesday in an accident at a job site near Lindbergh Field.

Someone made a 911 call at about 8:45 a.m. to report that a worker had been hit by falling rebar at a rental-car facility that was under construction near the intersection of Pacific Highway and West Washington Street in the Midway area, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Medics tried in vain to revive the injured man, but he died at the scene, SDFRD spokesman Lee Swanson said.

The victim's name was withheld pending family notification. He was 29 years old, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

According to Cal/OSHA, the man was a carpenter who was doing work for Austin/Sundt. They said the man was wearing fall protection and was hooked to the column in preparation for a concrete pour when the column fell over. He was 15 to 18 feet up on the rebar column, which was 22 feet high and 2 feet in diameter.

Statement from the Airport Authority

Earlier today a construction worker was involved in a serious accident at San Diego International Airport. All of us at the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority are deeply saddened by this event and our thoughts are with those affected by today's tragic incident.

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority is working closely with the appropriate authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident. Construction has been halted until the cause of today's event has been identified. We will provide more information as warranted.

Providing a safe environment for our passengers, employees and contractors is always our top priority. Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of everyone who works at or uses San Diego International Airport.

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