Fall Kills Construction Worker at LA's Wilshire Grand Site

Just four days earlier, construction workers and contractor personnel celebrated the building's topping out ceremony.

A construction worker at the Wilshire Grand construction site in Los Angeles died in a 53-story fall on March 17. Just four days earlier, construction workers and contractor personnel had celebrated the building's topping out ceremony.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the construction worker fell around 12:08 p.m. from the downtown building, which will be the city’s tallest building, thanks to a 160-foot spire at its top, when it opens in 2017.

The man's body struck the rear of a car that was traveling on the street below. Its driver was shaken up but uninjured, according to the newspaper's report.

Windows have not yet been installed on the 53rd floor from which the man fell, but that floor is outfitted with an 8-foot-high metal barrier intended to keep workers, building materials and tools from falling from the tower, Veronica Rocha, James Queally, and Thomas Curwen reported.

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