Worker killed in collapse identified

A 43-year-old Stanislaus county man has been identified as the worker killed Monday when a five-story building in the Bayview collapsed.

Luis Gonzalez, of Ceres, was crushed when part of a 79-year-old former Pacific Gas & Electric power plant he was working to demolish came down unexpectedly.

Two other workers were injured but survived; as of Monday night, one worker was in serious condition and the other in stable condition, according to a spokesperson for San Francisco General Hospital. On Tuesday, no updates on the condition of the men were provided.

Kate McGuire, spokeswoman for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, said it would take anywhere from two to six months before an investigation into the accident is completed.

Until the investigation is completed, the department would not offer specific details about the possible cause of the accident, McGuire said.

All three workers were employed by LVI Services Inc., an environmental remediation corporation contracted to tear down the former power plant.

San Francisco Department of Building Inspection spokesperson Raymond Lui confirmed that a demolition permit for the PG&E power plant was issued, and said a department investigation was under way to determine if there were any discrepancies between how the demolition was carried out and what the permit allowed.

wreisman@examiner.com

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