Los Angeles, CA – A 27-year-old construction worker died Friday after falling into a well, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The man was being lowered into the 50-foot-deep well by a rope or cable when he became untethered and fell, landing face-down in water and debris, said Brian Humphrey, a fire department spokesman.
His co-workers immediately called 911 and members of the department’s urban search-and-rescue team were dispatched to the site in the 900 block of North Bel Air Road, where a large home is under construction.
The man was unresponsive, and when rescuers reached him they determined that he was “beyond medical help.” He was declared dead at the scene shortly thereafter. It is now up to the L.A. Coroner’s Department to determine whether the man died of injuries from the fall, or was asphyxiated in the oxygen-poor environment at the bottom of the well.
The L.A. Coroner’s office will determine whether the man died of injuries from the fall, or was asphyxiated in the oxygen-poor environment at the bottom of the well.
Cal/OSHA is investigating the death.