An electrician plunged to his death while building a skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles yesterday.
The man fell 800ft from the Wilshire Grand Centre construction site, landing on the boot of a passing car.
He had only just started the job and it was his second day working on the project, which when finished will be the tallest skyscraper on the West Coast.
The 53 storey-fall happened in front of throngs of people, during one of the busiest times of day at a crowded intersection at the financial district.
Lisa Gritzner, a spokeswoman for Turner Construction, said the worker had taken off his hard hat and was not supposed to be higher than the third floor.
He hadn’t been given a safety harness because his work didn’t need it, she added, saying the company had followed appropriate safety protocols.
The woman whose car he fell onto was taken to hospital but did not appear to be seriously injured, fire officials said.
When completed, the 73-storey office and hotel tower will be about 1,100ft tall.
Developed by Korean Airlines, it cost a billion dollars (£690 million) and is expected open in early 2017.