Several Qualcomm Stadium Boxes Unsafe: Agency

A deadly press box fall on game-day prompted the investigation

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    Paramedics treating the victim

    More than a dozen viewing boxes at Qualcomm Stadium are unsafe and need protective barriers, according to an agency investigating the deadly fall of a Chargers employee.

    The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health was investigating the Oct. 19 fall of Walt Daniels, 66.

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    A man fell Monday from the press level to the club level and had to be carried out of Qualcomm Stadium on a stretcher. (Published Monday, Oct 19, 2009)

    The game-day stadium volunteer died after falling 20-25 feet from a coaches booth in the press box to stadium seats below.

    The agency sent the safety report to the city and the Chargers. It said Daniels had been delivering programs when he stumbled on some stairs, fell down the stairwell, hit a chair and slid off a table through the opening.

    The city attorney's office says it's reviewing the report.

    Daniels, a longtime volunteer for the Chargers, loved everything about football, according to longtime friends. He lived in Spring Valley with his wife Marilyn and had two adult daughters who live on the East Coast.

    He never traveled during the NFL football season because he enjoyed being a volunteer for the Chargers, said Ron Begley, a friend and neighbor of six years.

    Daniels officiated local high school football games for 45 years before retiring in 2006, according to Steve Coover, a member of the San Diego County Football Officials Association.