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Falling Tape Measure Kills Man Delivering to Construction Site

Steve Wagner

A man making a delivery to a construction site in Jersey City last week lost his life when a tape measure fell off the belt of a worker who was up on the 50th floor of the in-progress apartment complex.

58-year-old Gary Anderson was making a delivery of wallboard to the site, and as soon as he stepped out of his truck and onto the construction site, the tape measure struck him on his head. Anderson was not wearing a safety helmet, a requirement on the site, and investigators of the accident have not yet determined the reason for the absence of his safety equipment.

Anderson was taken to the Jersey City Medical Center, where he passed away just before 10am. AJD Construction, the operating contractors for this site, commented on the accident saying that it is policy for everyone on site to wear a helmet .

OSHA offers several good points and safety tips for those working in or around construction zones, so if you are looking to improve safety on your worksite, or looking to protect yourself as an employee, these are great resources you can use to educate yourself and your coworkers.

This video from the US Department of Labor shows the reality of the high number of deaths that occur each year from workers being struck by falling items, vehicles, and other dangerous objects. Share this with your friends and family members and help spread the word about construction site safety:

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury on the job, the construction site accident attorneys at Wagner Reese are here to support you and help you recover workers’ compensation for your injuries. Call us today at (888) 204-8440.


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