A bizarre tragedy has struck at a construction site in New Jersey where a worker, on the 50th floor of a building under construction, dropped a one-pound tape measure that fell to the ground level, striking and killing a man around 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
Gary Anderson, 58, was delivering sheetrock to a construction site in New Jersey when the tape measure fell off a worker’s belt, ricocheted off a piece of equipment and then struck him in the head, said Carly Baldwin, Jersey City public safety spokeswoman.
He was rushed to Jersey City Medical Center in serious condition and died a short time later. Anderson wasn’t wearing a hard hat but had one in his truck at the time, according to the police report.
Anderson had stopped to lean into the open window of a vehicle to speak to someone. When he pulled his head out of the window, he was struck by the tape measure and collapsed.
“He was a very good worker,” an employee of New York-based trucking company George Hildebrandt told the New York Post. “He’s been with us for a long time.”
“Upon preliminary investigation, it appears to be a very tragic accident,” Public Safety Director James Shea said in a statement.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration responded to the scene and conducted interviews, Baldwin said.
Anderson worked for National Gypsum, a North Carolina company, according to police.
The project, which includes three residential towers and a hotel, has been billed as an important milestone in Jersey City’s revitalization and is being overseen by Ironstate Development.
The first building, 50 Columbus, is complete, and all 400 apartments were leased within the first year.