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Jersey City Man Killed in Freak Construction Accident

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

A man delivering material to a construction site in Jersey City was killed Monday after being struck by a tape measure had fallen from the 50th floor of the building being constructed.

Authorities Investigating Jersey Construction Accident

The New York Daily News reports that 58-year-old Gary Anderson was delivery sheet rock to a development site at 70 Christopher Columbus Drive around 8:45 am when the fatal accident occurred.

Anderson had exited his truck, but left his safety helmet inside. As he approached the building, a tape measure that had fallen off the belt of a worker who was working on the building’s top floor struck a piece of metal about 10 feet from the ground and was ricocheted into Anderson’s head.

Paramedics transported Anderson to Jersey City Medical Center for treatment, but Anderson was pronounced dead just before 10 am.

Construction at the site has been suspended as authorities investigate the incident.

Construction Accident Statistics

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recorded 4,405 work related deaths in 2013.
  • On average, this equates to 85 deaths a week or more than 12 deaths every day.
  • 3,929 of those deaths were recorded in private industry and 796 were linked to construction accidents.
  • The four leading causes of death at construction sites were:
    • Falls
    • Struck by object
    • Electrocution
    • Caught-in/between


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