WEST HOLLYWOOD—A Southern California Edison contractor was pronounced dead on Tuesday, March 22 after a construction accident involving a crane in West Hollywood, noted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The incident occurred near the intersection of Sunset and La Cienega Boulevards, and was reported shortly after 4:00 p.m., noted a supervisor with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Lt. Vance Duffy described the incident as an “industrial accident” as the worker was said to have been crushed between the crane and possibly a trailer. Lt. Duffy reported that the victim was transported to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
La Cienega Boulevard has been closed during the ongoing construction. The street remained closed as the Division of Occupational Safety and Health officials were on scene investigating the incident.
According to the city of West Hollywood website, La Cienega Boulevard will be closed to traffic between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22 till Thursday, March 24, to allow for Southern California Edison to install new power poles. During the utility construction work, businesses on the Sunset Strip will be open as usual. For additional information contact West Hollywood City Hall at (323) 848-6400.
The name of the victim has not yet been released to the public as authorities are awaiting notification to the next of kin.