Questions Surrounding Death of LA Construction Worker

LOS ANGELES, CA – Investigators are trying to piece together the circumstances surrounding the death of a construction worker who fell from the 53rd floor of the Wilshire Grand Tower in the 600 block of S. Figueroa Street around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

Officials were investigating what could have led the electrician to fall from the building, which is soon to be the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.

In a news release, Turner Construction said the 36-year-old electrician wasn’t supposed to be on that level and was apparently alone when he fell. It was only his second day on the job and he had no reason to be working beyond the 3rd floor.

All workers inside the building were supposed to be wearing harnesses that are tethered, project managers said. They stated there were also barricades around the exterior of the building to keep workers from approaching the edge.

Authorities said the worker’s body struck the back end of a moving car. The female driver of the vehicle was taken to the hospital for evaluation, but was not believed to have been injured during the incident.

After an initial onsite investigation, Cal-OSHA has confirmed that no fall-protection violations were observed and that the fall was apparently not work-related.

Turner construction said the site would be closed on Friday and counselors were available for workers who responded to the scene.