Construction Worker Crushed Under Beam along 405 Freeway

Co-workers tried to lift the 3,000-pound beam after it fell from a truck

By Annette Arreola and Jonathan Lloyd
|  Thursday, Oct 11, 2012  |  Updated 9:38 AM PDT
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Construction Worker Crushed Under Beam

Construction workers and rescue crews at the site where a worker was crushed under a steel beam early Thursday near the 405 Freeway.

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A construction worker was killed early Thursday when he was crushed under a beam that fell from a truck along a Los Angeles area highway.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene along the 405 Freeway. The worker was with a team of construction crew on the southbound freeway ramp at Santa Monica Boulevard when the 3,000-pound steel beam fell.

"There were several employees on-scene who tried to lift the beam, who tried to do something," said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Joe Zizi. "As you can imagine, they are very distraught."

A crane was being used to unload the steel beams when one fell from the truck, according to authorities.

Cal-OSHA officials were called to the location.

The victim's identity was not immediately available. The man was employed by a contractor working on a part of the 405 Freeway widening project between the 10 and 101 freeways. The project, which required the so-called "Carmageddon" closures, is scheduled for completion next year.

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