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Fatal workplace accident in New Jersey kills 1

Construction sites are often dangerous for the workers there, but even those visiting the site for a short drop off or delivery can be put at risk when they enter. In this unique case, a freak accident has resulted in a death that should have been preventable with the right precautions.

A man recently died at a construction site in Downtown Jersey City, leading to an investigation of the site. A Nov. 3 report states that the officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has confirmed that they have sent investigators to the scene to see why the man had been killed and how this kind of accident could be prevented in the future.

So, how did he die? The incredible story states that he was not wearing a hard hat while delivering sheet rock to the site, and when he entered, a tape measure that had fallen 50 stories hit him in the head after ricocheting off construction equipment above.

The company on the scene, AJD Construction, did not comment on the fatal workplace accident. OSHA stated that on the administration's website, it's suggested that all construction sites use debris nets for this reason. It also suggests that all people who come onto the site wear a hard hat.

If you or a loved one have been hurt at a construction site in a similar accident or an accident of any kind, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries. Workers' compensation could be provided if you are an employee, but if you are not, then you may be able to seek money through other legal avenues.

Source:, "Probe of fatal accident shuts down Downtown Jersey City construction site" Ron Zeitlinger, Nov. 03, 2014

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