A man delivering sheet rock died in a freak construction site accident on Monday, when a tape measure fell 50 stories and hit 58-year-old Gary Anderson on the head.
According to reports, the accident occurred below two partially built residential towers in Jersey City. A construction worker on the 50th floor was preparing a wall for a window installation when he unfastened a 1-pound measuring tape that was clipped to his work belt. The tape slipped out of his hands, struck some construction equipment about 10 to 15 feet from the ground, then ricocheted and struck Anderson.
Anderson wasn’t wearing a hard hat, but he did have one in his truck at the time. He was rushed to the hospital, but he died less than an hour after the incident.
A spokeswoman for Charlotte, North Carolina-based National Gypsum said Anderson was delivering the company’s sheet rock at the time of the accident, but was actually employed by an independent trucking company — New York-based George Hildebrandt Inc.
“He was a very good worker,” said an employee at George Hildebrandt. “He’s been with us for a long time.”
While police stated that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident, it’s a well-known mandatory police that people on construction sites wear hard hats.
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