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Airport construction worker who died in fall identified

The construction worker who died May 20 in a fall at the job site of the consolidated rental car facility at San Diego International Airport has been identified as Eduardo Lopez, 29.

Lopez's identity was released Wednesday by the county Medical Examiner's Office. Funeral services were held Tuesday in Southeast San Diego. The medical examiner listed the cause of death as blunt force trauma of the head and torso.

Lopez was an employee-owner of Sundt Construction, one of the two contractors in the joint venture building the rental car facility. Austin Commercial is the other contractor.

Peter Melton, spokesman for the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said Lopez died after a rebar column on which he was working toppled.

The rebar column, he said, was about 2 feet in diameter; Lopez was about 18 to 20 feet up the column, Melton said, and near the top. Workers were preparing to pour concrete into the column.

Lopez reportedly yelled out to his co-workers that the rebar was falling before it toppled and landed over him. His co-workers detached his safety harness from the rebar and dialed 911. San Diego Fire Department personnel performed CPR, but Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene.

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