A utility worker removing the body from the pole. Courtesy OnScene.TV
A utility worker removing the body from the pole. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A coroner’s official Saturday said an autopsy was pending to determine what led to the death of a telecommunications company employee who was found dangling from a utility pole in the rear of a home in Valley Glen.

The name of the 61-year-old man will be released pending notification of next of kin, according to Lt. Dave Smith of the coroner’s office.

Emergency personnel were dispatched at 2:50 p.m. Friday to 6044 N. Ventura Canyon Ave., according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The worker was unconscious and dangling upside down when rescuers arrived, according to Stewart and a witness at the scene, who said the victim’s work vehicle, with an AT&T logo on it, was parked at the location.

The man was brought down and pronounced dead at the scene, Stewart said.

Initial reports indicate the man may have suffered a medical emergency as he was working.

“It is officially undetermined if this was an electrical incident versus a medical emergency,” Stewart said. “Initial indications are the patient suffered a medical emergency causing death, but (an) official determination will be made by (the) L.A. County coroner.”

— Staff and wire reports

 

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