The event center under construction at Monte Vista High School in September. Courtesy of the school

An ironworker was killed Wednesday afternoon in a fall from a 30-foot-high platform in a construction zone at Monte Vista High School.

The fatal industrial accident at the campus in the 3200 block of Sweetwater Springs Boulevard in Spring Valley occurred shortly before 2 p.m., according to sheriff’s officials.

Medics took the mortally injured 30-year-old worker to Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His name was withheld pending family notification.

Another laborer also was injured in the accident and taken to a hospital, according to school district officials. It was not immediately clear how that worker was injured, or how seriously.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health was called in to investigate the fatality, sheriff’s Sgt. Matt Cook said.

Because the accident — which occurred following a “topping out” ceremony marking the completion of a new event center at the school — may have been witnessed by students and educators, crisis counselors will be available at the campus on Thursday, Cook said.

— City News Service

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