LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — A construction worker fell 53 stories to his death from the Wilshire Grand Tower high-rise building Thursday in downtown Los Angeles.
The fall was reported around 12:30 p.m. along the 600 block of South Figueroa Street Ne, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The victim was pronounced dead on scene.
Officials say the victim is an adult male whose body impacted the back end of a car driving down the street at the time of the fall.
KCAL9’s Erica Nochlin spoke to officials with the union who told her the deceased was 36-years-old and married.
The victim was only on his second day on the job.
The construction company told Nochlin the deceased had no work-related reason to be anywhere above the first three floors of the building.
A CAL-OSHA spokesperson told her it was too early to come to any conclusion and an investigation into the incident could take months.
An LAPD detective told her the worker was alone on the 53rd floor and there is no evidence a crime occurred.
The $1 billion office and hotel tower, which will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi, is expected to open in early 2017.
A ceremony was held earlier this month when the top beam was hoisted into place on the 73rd floor.
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