LA man falls to death dismantling old Bakersfield PG&E plant

LA man falls to death dismantling old Bakersfield PG&E plant
The abandoned Kern Power Plant, owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Co., is seen off Rosedale Highway in Bakersfield in a March 2012 file photo.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A construction worker fell to death his while helping to dismantle the abandoned Kern Power Plant.

State occupational safety investigators are investigating the accident, which occurred shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday. The 51-year-old died two hours later.

The man, Luis Roberto Minjarez, of Los Angeles, was suspended in a basket when the basket overturned and he fell 50 feet to his death. A spokesman for Cal-OSHA told the Bakersfield Californian he was using a torch to cut beams in a boiler room in an old Pacific Gas and Electric plant. A falling beam hit the basket.

The Cal-OSHA spokesman said investigators are looking into whether the man was wearing a safety harness.

Minjarez was an employee of Cleveland Wrecking Co. of Covina.
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KBAK/KBFX Eyewitness News contributed to this report.