Worker dies after after falling from a boom truck in San Jose

SAN JOSE (KRON) — A man died after falling from a truck south of Interstate Highway 280 in San Jose Wednesday morning, a police spokesman said.

Around 9:40 a.m., the man fell as he worked on a boom truck in the area of South Second and Martha streets, about two blocks east of Washington Elementary School, police Officer Albert Morales said.

Emergency crews pronounced the man dead at the scene a short time later, according to Morales.

This seems to be an industrial accident will be referred to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, he said.

The worker was employed by facility management company ABM Electrical & Lighting providing electrical and lighting services, according to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

ABM is a subcontractor of OpTerra Energy Services, a San Francisco-based company, which entered a contract with the city last year to retrofit some 18,000 streetlights with LED lighting, according to city spokesman David Vossbrink.

The bulk of the work was completed last month, with a couple hundred conversions left to be completed this summer, according to Vossbrink.

About one-third of the city’s total streetlights have been assigned to OpTerra, Vossbrink said.

“We are deeply saddened by this morning’s tragedy, and our prayers are with the deceased’s family and coworkers,” John Gajan, vice president of operations at OpTerra, said in a statement.

“We are coordinating with our subcontractor, ABM, and the City of San Jose to help determine the cause,” Gajan said.

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