Construction worker dies after falling from Wilshire Grand tower

Man fell 53 stories from what will be the tallest building in the West

Mar.March 17, 2016 03:30 PM

A construction worker died today in Downtown Los Angeles after falling 53 stories from the Wilshire Grand tower, the Los Angeles Times reports.

He fell while working on the 53rd floor of the project that will be the West Coast’s tallest skyscraper once it’s completed.

The male worker was pronounced dead at the scene near 624 South Figueroa Street. His body had struck the back of a car that was driving on Figueroa.

Workers at Wilshire Grand are required to wear tethering harnesses, but the man was seen without one, witnesses told the Times.

Following the man’s death, Turner Construction Company, which manages the construction site, brought everyone down from the tower and shut the site down. Foremen were asked to conduct head counts.

The $1.2 billion Wilshire Grand Center, developed by Korean Area, is slated to be completed next year. When finished, it will outshine Downtown L.A.’s U.S. Bank Tower as the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. [LAT] – Hannah Miet

Related Articles

Equity Residential CEO Mark Parrell and a rendering of the 4th and Hill tower

Equity Residential’s long-stalled DTLA residential tower project is back

Terreno Realty Chairman & CEO W. Blake Baird

Terreno Realty makes another industrial play in LA

Scott Laurie, chief executive of Olson Co. and Christopher Thornberg, founding partner of Beacon Economics

How slow can you go? Statewide homebuilders tap brakes on new projects amid rising costs

Los Angeles City Planning Commission President Samantha Millman and a rendering of the Flower Market project (credit: Brooks + Scarpa and Twitter)

Development bloom: SoCal Flower Market mixed-use project in DTLA clears hurdle

Downtown Los Angeles (credit: Jeff Cleary and Laurie Avocado)

Rezoning Downtown — Skid Row included — must include more affordable housing, advocates say

Lizard Capital CEO Bingyi Huang and a rendering of the Spring Street Hotel

Appeal settled, Lizard Capital’s jagged-look DTLA hotel project has start date

Rexford Industrial Realty co-CEOs Howard Schwimmer and Michael S. Frankel

Rexford signs film and TV props supplier to giant warehouse lease Downtown

The Skid Row City Limits mural

LA wants to rezone Skid Row to allow 100K units of new housing