Vera, 54, fell 15 feet onto his head from the top of the wall he was helping to construct, San Mateo police Sgt. David Norris said. He was pronounced dead at the scene about 3:40 p.m. after numerous attempts to revive him.
The construction site, located on the 2900 block of McCown Avenue, is the site of the former Bay Meadows racing track and is set to be turned into apartments and town homes, according to a website for TRI Pointe Homes, which runs the construction site.
A spokeswoman for the real estate company did not immediately return calls for comment Wednesday. Cal/OSHA spokesman Greg Siggins said an investigation has been opened into the incident and that TRI Pointe will be cited if the agency discovers violations of workplace safety procedures.
Staff writer Katie Nelson contributed to this report. Contact Erin Ivie at firstname.lastname@example.org.