- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on a worker who fell to his death from a Los Angeles skyscraper under construction (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

A construction company spokeswoman says an electrician who fell 53 floors to his death from a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper was not supposed to be above the third floor of the project and had removed his hardhat beforehand.

Turner Construction spokeswoman Lisa Gritzner also said Thursday night that the man was not wearing a safety harness, and in fact hadn’t been issued one because his work did not require it.

Gritzner says all safety protocols were followed by the company.

She said she could say no more about what may have caused the man to fall. His name has not been released.

The man fell about 800 feet from the under-construction Wilshire Grand Center about noon Thursday onto a car in a busy intersection.


3:30 p.m.

An electrician in his second day on the project has plunged more than 50 floors to his death from a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper that will be the West Coast’s tallest once completed.

Police and building officials say that the man fell to his death from the 53rd floor of the unfinished Wilshire Grand Center around noon Thursday. The building is at one of the busiest intersections in downtown Los Angeles and the fall came at one of the busiest times of day.

The 73-story skyscraper will be about 1,100 feet tall, or nearly a quarter-mile, when it’s completed. The floor the man fell from is about 800 feet up.

Chris Martin, CEO of Martin Project Management which is supervising the construction, says there were barricades around the edge of the building and other safety measures in place.

He and police did not immediately say whether the man had a safety harness on - or whether he should have.


3:05 p.m.

Authorities say a construction worker has fallen 50 stories to his death from a skyscraper being built in downtown Los Angeles.

Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart says the man plunged from the unfinished tower on South Figueroa Street Thursday and hit the back of a passing car.

Stewart says the driver didn’t appear to be injured but she was taken to a hospital for examination.

The death occurred at the construction site of Wilshire Grand Center, which will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi.

A ceremony was held earlier this month when the top beam was hoisted into place on the 73rd floor.

The $1 billion office and hotel tower is expected to open in early 2017.

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