The cause of death of an electrician who fell from the 53rd floor of the under- construction Wilshire Grand project in downtown Los Angeles has been ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. On his second day of the job, Joseph Sabbatino, 36, was working on the bottom three floors of the new $1-billion, 73-story tower last Thursday, when he climbed to the 53rd floor and jumped. To get to the ledge, he had to circumvent a 7-ft-tall safety-integrity fence, says Laura Walsh, a spokeswoman for general contractor Turner Construction. OSHA officials examined the scene, and their initial inspection found no fall-protection violations, says Walsh. Sabbatino landed on a moving car and was pronounced dead at the scene, with multiple blunt traumatic injuries. The driver of the car was uninjured. Turner shut down the project for two days after the accident and held a moment of silence on March 21.
Worker Death at Wilshire Grand Tower in L.A. Ruled a Suicide by Coroner
March 23, 2016