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Contractor Crushed to Death in West Hollywood

A contractor was crushed to death between a crane and a trailer in West Hollywood Tuesday afternoon.

Details about the Fatal Crane Accident

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a Southern California Edison contractor was killed after he was crushed between a construction crane and a trailer near the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.

The man was working at about 4 p.m. on the 1200 block of La Cienega Boulevard between Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard at the time of the accident, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The worker was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The identity of the man was witheld pending the notification of his family. A spokesman from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has classified the incident as an industrial accident.

At the time of the accident, the man was working for one of Southern California’s Edison contractors, according to a spokeswoman for the utility company. The area where the accident happened is an area that’s had a redevelopment boom in recent years.

Representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have been working at the site and will be conducting the investigation into the death of the worker.

Important Information about Industrial Accidents

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are thousands of wrongful deaths every year in the United States in industrial accidents:

  • There were a total of about 4,679 workers who were killed on the job in 2014.
  • Fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for about 17 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2014.
  • Being struck by an object – like the worker in Southern California – accounted for about 8.4 percent of all construction fatalities.

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