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Construction worker dies second day on the job in “not work-related” fall from skyscraper

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LOS ANGELES - Authorities are releasing more information about a fatal accident involving a construction worker on a high-rise building in Los Angeles.

On Thursday, a construction worker died when he fell from the 53rd floor of the Wilshire Grand Tower, which is under construction, in downtown L.A.

The victim's body landed on a passing car on the street below.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police and state workplace safety investigators told KTLA  the incident was "not work-related," adding that the man was "not performing any functions related to his employment or his work" when he died.

"Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased," Turner Construction Co. said in a statement. "We are also sending our deepest sympathies to our loyal and dedicated workers for whom today’s tragedy is deeply saddening."

Chris Martin, CEO of architecture firm AC Martin and Martin Project Management, said the worker was on his second day at the site, where he was employed as an electrician.

According to KTLA, a Los Angeles Times staff photographer was on assignment on the tower’s 71st floor when he heard a loud thump and saw the man's body below, the newspaper reported.

"It sounded like a bag of cement fell off the edge of the building," photographer Mel Melcon said.

The high-rise structure, when completed, will overtake the U.S. Bank Tower as the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi River.