Forklift carrying steel rebar topples and lands on worker in Bel-Air, killing him

A worker died when he was crushed by a forklift in Los Angeles' Bel Air neighborhood on Monday, officials said. The accident occurred at about 1 p.m. at a construction site between homes in the 900 block of North Moraga Drive, where L.A. city firefighters responded to reports of a person trapped under a forklift carrying steel rebar.
Rescuers work at the site in Bel-Air where a forklift slammed into a construction worker Monday. (KTLA-TV)

A construction worker was killed in Bel-Air on Monday afternoon when a forklift carrying a load of rebar toppled onto him, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Los Angeles firefighters responded at 1 p.m. to a call about an adult male trapped under a forklift at 970 N. Moraga Drive, said Brian Humphrey, Fire Department spokesperson.

Upon arriving, firefighters found a man trapped under a forklift that had been carrying steel rebar at the construction site. Humphrey said that, despite the quick response from fire crews, including those trained, certified and equipped for Urban Search & Rescue, the worker could not be saved. Fire paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. He was not immediately identified.

The fatal construction accident comes nearly a month after a Los Angeles Port worker died in a similar accident.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of workers who are dying on the job has been increasing since 2013. In California, more than 500 workers died on the job in 2022, an increase from 2021, when the tally was 462. In 2022, the largest share of those workers who were fatally injured — 26% — were in the transportation and material moving occupations, according to the bureau.

The department has not released data on occupational deaths for 2023.

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This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.