Steven's Creek Quarry Worker Killed on the Job

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    Arturo Santiago reports on the second workplace death in the South Bay this week. The man has been identified as 49-year old Jose Antonio Gonzales of San Jose. (Published Friday, Jun 14, 2013)

    A second workplace death was reported in the South Bay this week.

    A man died Thursday afternoon in an accident involving a man who was driving a tractor at the Steven's Creek Quarry in Cupertino.  The man was taken to Stanford hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    The company identified him as Jose Gonzales, 49, of San Jose.

    Gonzales was driving some type of large vehicle at the quarry around 1:30 p.m. when  the accident took place, sheriff's spokesman Deputy Kurtis Stenderup told Bay City News. 

    Customers use the quarry for dumping loads of clean dirt, concrete  and asphalt that is recycled and used by other patrons at construction  projects, according to the quarry's website.

    The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating.

    "It sounds like the brakes may have failed" while the driver was  headed down "a slight grade," Agency spokesman Greg Siggins said.

    Cal/OSHA found no hazards at the quarry and did not order a work stoppage, Siggins said.

    Another man died at a construction site in Santa Clara on Monday. Donald White, 63, was working on an elevator at the new 49er stadium when he was hit by a counter weight.

    Cal/OSHA is also investigating that case.

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