Construction worker killed at San Jose wastewater plant

State officials were investigating the death of a construction worker who was fatally struck by a pipe earlier this month while working at the San Jose-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health said it was notified on June 14 that a unionized employee with Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. had been killed on the job at 4157 Zanker Rd. in San Jose.

According to Kiewit, a male craft pipefitter was fatally injured while removing sections of large piping at the project site. He died after being transported to a hospital, according to Cal-OSHA, which is investigating the death.

Authorities did not identify the person killed.

Bob Kula, a spokesperson for Kiewit Corporation, said the company was working closely with city and state authorities to determine how the death happened and how to prevent any future health and safety issues.

“Our Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. team is devastated by this news and is focusing on supporting those who worked with him on the project, as well as his family and friends,” Kula said in a statement. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our people.”

Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. is working on a $7 million project to replace and upgrade control equipment, such as flow meters, valves, sensors and transmitters, at the wastewater plant to ensure safe and efficient operations and compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.

This project is part of a 30-year, $2 billion capital improvement program underway at the treatment facility, which serves 1.4 million residents and more than 17,000 businesses across eight South Bay cities.

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