L.A. Construction Worker Falls 53 Stories, Dies

An electrician at the downtown Los Angeles Wilshire Grand construction site fell 53 stories to his death Thursday — striking a vehicle and prompting an evacuation of the building, according to msn.com. It was just his second day of work at the site.

The man, who was not identified, struck the rear of a car on Wilshire Boulevard around noon after falling, according to Sgt. Barry Montgomery, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.

The company that manages the building site, Turner Construction, said late Thursday the worker had no reason to be above the third floor of the structure. In a statement, the company said safety protections were not a factor in the fall.

“We have confirmed with CalOSHA and LAPD that the incident which occurred at the Wilshire Grand project site today was not work-related,” the statement said.

“After an initial on-site investigation, Cal OSHA has confirmed that no fall-protection violations were observed. Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased. We are also sending our deepest sympathies to our loyal and dedicated workers, for whom today’s tragedy is deeply saddening.”

The building project will shut down Friday “to honor our workforce and out of respect,” according to the statement, and counselors would be available to help workers through “this very difficult situation.”