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Man killed after tape measure of construction worker falls on his head (video)

By Mason White 1:11 PM November 4, 2014
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By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A man died after a tape measure fell from a construction worker at a high-rise building, police in New Jersey said.

Jersey City Police said that the incident unfolded on Monday morning, when 58-year-old Gary Anderson walked by the construction site at 70 Christopher Columbus Drive.

Anderson came to Marin Boulevard and Christopher Columbus Drive just before 9:00 a.m., to make a delivery of drywall. Anderson parked his truck and exited his vehicle without a helmet, a spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety said.

High above his head, a tape measure slipped off the belt of the construction worker. The one-pound tape measure slammed into Anderson’s head, knocking him unconscious.

He was taken to the Jersey City Medical Center, where he died shortly before 10:00 a.m.

AJD Construction, the company building the project, told investigators that their policy is that all people must wear helmets on the property. It was unclear why Anderson did not wear a helmet.