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Tape Measure Falls 50 Stories, 1 Dies Below (No Hardhat)

Tape Measure Falls 50 Stories, 1 Dies Below (No Hardhat)

Tape Measure Falls 50 Stories, 1 Dies Below (No Hardhat)

Tape measure falls 50 stories, killing man at construction site
Fox News ^ | November 04, 2014 | FoxNews.com

A man delivering drywall to a New Jersey construction site was killed Monday when a tape measure fell 50 stories, striking him on the head, authorities said.

The 1-pound tape measure became dislodged from the belt of a worker on the 50th floor and struck construction equipment about 10 to 15 feet from the ground, according to Carly Baldwin, a spokeswoman for Jersey City's Department of Public Safety. It then ricocheted and struck Gary Anderson, 58, who had just stopped to speak with another worker who was in a pickup truck just before 9 a.m. in the city's downtown section.

Anderson, of Somerdale, N.J., was taken to a hospital, where he died shortly before 10 a.m.

Anderson was not wearing a hard hat, but had one in his truck at the time, according to the police report.

RE: Tape Measure Falls 50 Stories, 1 Dies Below (No Hardhat)

This man unfortunate departure from this world is not the first one from being killed by a small object falling from elevated work areas and he won't be the last one.

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