California Worker Dies in Stadium Fall--Chargers vs. Broncos

October 22, 2009

As Southern California Employment and Labor lawyers, we were saddened to hear that a San Diego press box staff supporter for Qualcomm Stadium died this week, after falling from the press box on Monday, three hours before the kickoff of the San Diego Chargers football game.

Walter Daniels was setting up for the game between the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos, when he fell down a flight of stairs, 25-30 feet below, and landed on spectator seats and concrete. Daniels, 66, had been supporting the staff in the press box for more than 20 years, worked as an official for 42 years in amateur games around San Diego County, and served on the selection committee at The San Diego Hall of Champions.

Daniels was reportedly scheduled to have hip replacement surgery, and while walking with a cane he allegedly lost his balance and stumbled down, colliding with the seats and concrete below, sustaining a fatal personal injury. The paramedics performed CPR on Daniels, and transported him to Sharp Memorial Hospital, where he died twelve hours after the accident on Tuesday morning.

The accident delayed the opening of the game by nearly 40 minutes. In a statement by the San Diego Chargers, the team expressed great sadness at the loss of Daniels. They honored his love of working in the press box on game days, and his dedication to the job.

The California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973 states that in California, every employer has a legal obligation to maintain and provide a healthy and safe workplace for employees. According to the fatal occupational statistics by the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), there were 92 construction accident related deaths in California in 2005. Of these California employment fatalities, 59 workers died due to accidents involving falls from high elevations.

Police officials and The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), will be investigating the details of the fatal injury, and examining the current status of the stadium's workplace heath and safety to determine the cause of this accident.

If you or someone you know in Orange County or throughout Southern California has lost a loved one due to a fatal accidental in the workplace, our team of experienced California employment attorneys and professionals can help. Call us for a free consultation at 1-800-872-5925.

Chargers' Game-day Staff Worker Dies After Fall, The Los Angeles Times, October 20, 2009

Chargers' Game-day Worker Dies After Fall, Associated Press, October 20, 2009

Chargers' Worker Dies After Falling at Stadium, San Diego Union-Tribune, October 21, 2009

Fall at Qualcomm Stadium Leaves Chargers Game-day Staffer Dead, JusticeNewsFlash.com, October 22, 2009

Related Web Resources:

California Department of Industrial Relations: California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, (Cal/OSHA)

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (OSHA)