A man working at the top of a 49-story building under construction downtown was impaled by at least two pieces of rebar Tuesday, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
The 27-year-old man was in critical condition but able to be lowered and transported to the hospital by paramedics, LAFD spokesperson Brian Humphrey said. The agency received a call requesting rescue personnel at the 825 Hill Street site at 3:07 p.m., officials said.
The man was 20 feet above ground when he was struck in the torso by one-inch diameter rebar after another piece of building material fell, according to Humphrey.
The rescue crew was able to medically stabilize the man, cutting the rebar and lowering him to street level using a construction crane at the site, authorities said. He was then transferred to a trauma center.
The construction site is owned by Omni Group, an Orange County-based developer with numerous properties in the area. In 2014, the group received approval for the 49-story, mixed-use apartment building with a planned 490 units.
No further details were immediately available.