A second man died last week from crushing injuries he sustained when a 10,000-pound generator that was being hoisted by a crane fell onto workers at a Hanover, N.J., construction site.
The deadly accident occurred last Thursday morning, Feb. 18, while construction for a new Hanover firehouse was underway. Hanover, N.J., is about 25 miles west of New York City.
The generator was being lifted by a crane when a strap securing the load broke and fell onto two workers. One of the two workers killed, a man in his 20s and the son-in-law of the crane operator, was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was removed from the site several hours later after emergency workers lifted the generator off of him.
“This is a very tragic and unfortunate accident, our heart goes out to the family,” Hanover Township Mayor Ronald Francioli said. “This was a very young man from what we know. He was in his young 20s and recently married. The crane operator was apparently his father-in-law, which makes this much more tragic.”
The other worker was rushed to Morristown Medical Center in critical condition with multiple injuries, including a broken rib cage, a collapsed lung, and leg injuries. He died at the hospital Thursday evening.
The fire station reported the accident to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) around 11:30 a.m. The federal agency will investigate the work site and companies involved in the construction to determine if any safety regulations were violated.
According to NJ.com, the general contractor for the project is Precision Building and Construction, but the company was not available for comment Thursday.
Construction for the new fire house took place earlier in February and the project was slated to be wrapped by the spring.
OSHA says that “struck-by” accidents are one of the leading causes of death in the construction industry. Approximately 75 percent of struck-by fatalities in construction involve heavy equipment such as trucks or cranes striking workers while lifting and moving heavy materials.