I love the drama inherent in this photograph. The new and current Los Angeles Times building rises behind a worker demolishing the paper’s previous home in 1937. And not only is that construction worker up pretty high, he seems to be untethered as he jackhammers away at the brickwork he’s standing on.
Comment from Andie Paysinger: “There is a “lag rope” tied around the girder at the level of his left hand and you can see below his arm the slack rope that is tied around his waist. Lag ropes have knots that are designed to release slowly with a sharp tug so if he falls, it will give him time to grab the rope with his hands so when he hits the end it won’t cut him in half. The end of the rope is hooked to the top of the vertical girder with a 3-tine climbing hook. (One of my cousins was a “high iron” welder and I was endlessly bored with his recitations of working up high on structures. he delighted in this since I have a horrid fear of heights.)”