Man falls 53 floors to his death

2016-03-18 19:00

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Los Angeles - An electrician has plunged more than 50 floors to his death from what will be Los Angeles' tallest skyscraper onto a busy city intersection.

The man fell 53 stories - about 243m - on Thursday from the unfinished Wilshire Grand Center, and landed on a passing car, Los Angeles police said. The man was not supposed to be above the third floor, construction company officials said.

He had taken off his hard hat and had not been wearing a safety harness because it wasn't required for the bottom floors he was working on, said Lisa Gritzner, spokesperson for Turner Construction, the main contractor on the project. She did not say what may have caused the man to fall or why he was on the upper floor.

His name has not been released.

The 73-story skyscraper will be the tallest on the West Coast when it's completed. The $1 billion office and hotel tower being developed by Korean Airlines is expected to open in early 2017.

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