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Construction worker falls into well and dies

A 27-year-old construction worker died Friday after falling into a well, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The man was being lowered into the 50-foot-deep well by a rope or cable when he became untethered and fell, landing face-down in water and debris, said Brian Humphrey, a fire department spokesman.

His co-workers immediately called 911 and members of the department’s urban search-and-rescue team were dispatched to the site in the 900 block of North Bel Air Road, where a large home is under construction.

A rescuer lowered into the well found the man “beyond medical help,” and he was declared dead at the scene, Humphrey said. 

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The worker’s identity was not released, pending positive identification by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, which also will determine the cause of death.

Cal/OSHA, which investigates workplace accidents, was notified and was sending investigators, Humphrey said.

kim.christensen@latimes.com

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