Two New Jersey Construction Workers Killed in Tragic Worksite Accident
In a devastating turn of events, a construction site in Hanover became the scene where two workers were fatally injured when pinned beneath a massive generator.
The site is the future home of the Whippany Fire Company Headquarters, on Troy Hills Road. The station has been under construction since February of 2015. The two men were working on the ground while a crane operator was relocating a 10,000 lb. generator overhead. Tragically, one of the straps by which the generator was being hoisted by the crane snapped, causing the generator to plummet to the ground.
The falling generator killed one 25-year-old Montague man instantly. In a sad and curious twist, the operator of the crane moving the generator was the victim’s father-in-law. The second man crushed by the generator was a 45-year-old Vernon resident. The older man was immediately taken to Morristown Medical Center with a collapsed lung, broken ribs, and leg injuries. Later that evening, the man succumbed to his injuries.
A representative from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was immediately called to the site to begin an investigation, but this is not the first run-in with regulatory authorities for the contractors involved. Both the crane operator and crane had been provided by City Erectors of West Caldwell, a company which had been the subject of an OSHA complaint in November of 2014, though no fine was issued. Boz Electric of Vernon, the employer of the 45-year-old man who was killed, received two OSHA citations in May of 2010 for which it paid $2,625 in fines. The younger man who was killed had been an employee of Industrial Process & Equipment of Sussex County. That company had been fined by OSHA in October 2012, receiving a fine of $2,100. Additionally, the general contractor at the site, Bridgewater’s Precision Building, paid a $2,100 OSHA fine for a citation in 2009. Both OSHA and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office are continuing to investigate the accident.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident or otherwise hurt on the job in New Jersey, contact the knowledgeable and experienced workplace accident attorney Andrew R. Jacobs for a consultation on your claims, at 973-532-9681.