LOS ANGELES – A local man was killed early Thursday morning when a 3,000-pound steel beam fell on him as he was working on a construction project on the 405 Freeway, authorities said.
Adolfo Wbaldo Figueroa, 42, of Lancaster, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
The accident occurred around 2:30 a.m. Thursday on the Santa Monica Boulevard off-ramp from the southbound 405, where Figueroa had been working on the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro).
Figueroa was one of several men unloading steel beams off a big rig when the accident occurred. He was working for Kiewit Infrastructure West, one of the contractors for the I-405 project.
“We were deeply saddened to learn that early this morning one of our employees, Adolfo Figueroa, died while performing work on the I-405 Improvements Project… Kiewit is conducting a thorough investigation into this matter and working closely with CalOSHA, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), and other state and local authorities, to determine the factors contributing to this tragic event,” reads a statement issued by Kiewit Thursday.
The accident is the first serious incident on the I-405 project in nearly three years of work, and further work on the entire project has been stopped to allow for a thorough safety review, according to Metro’s statement.
The incident is being investigated by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA.)
Figueroa leaves behind a wife and three children, according to published reports.