Death By Tape Measure...

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  1. HS Cult Leader

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    Tape measure falls 50 stories, killing worker
    By Dana Sauchelli, Leonica Valentine and Danika Fears

    November 3, 2014 | 3:35pm

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    A hard hat fiddling with his tape measure on the 50th floor of a high-rise condo under construction site accidentally dropped it Monday — and it landed on a man below, killing him, authorities said.

    The 58-year-old victim, also a construction worker, wasn’t wearing his hard hat at the time, having left it in the back of his car, witnesses said.

    The freak accident occurred as an AJD Construction worker was preparing a wall for windows on the 50th floor of one of two partially built residential towers at 70-90 Columbus Drive in Jersey City, according to witnesses and authorities.

    The worker was unfastening the 1-pound measuring tape clipped to his work belt when it slipped out of his hands, a worker at the scene said.

    The instrument fell nearly 500 feet before striking a piece of construction metal about 10 feet above ground, officials said.

    The measuring device would have been falling at nearly 140 mph when it hit the piece of metal, City College professor Robert Alfano told The Post.

    The tool ricocheted off the metal and smashed into victim Gary Anderson, who had been leaning into a car window to talk to someone and had just pulled his head out when he was struck, witnesses said.

    Anderson, who works as an independent contractor for New York-based trucking company George Hildebrandt Inc., had been delivering a load of drywall to the project.

    He immediately fell to the ground after he was hit, and was rushed to Jersey City Medical Center, where he went into cardiac arrest while doctors were treating him, according to the police report.

    Anderson was pronounced dead from his head injuries at 9:52 a.m. His wife and daughters were with him at the hospital.

    “He was a very good worker,” said an employee at George Hildebrandt. “He’s been with us for a long time.”

    A person who picked up the phone at Anderson’s home in Somerdale, NJ, only said it was a “difficult time.”

    Workers at the construction site were temporarily cleared out after the accident, but resumed their jobs at the site later in the afternoon.

    The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident, cops said.

    A former construction worker near the site insisted, “You don’t work in this environment without a hard hat.

    “He paid the price,” the man said sadly. “You gotta have it.”

    AJD Construction declined to comment.

    The development project at which the accident occurred includes two residential towers and an attached hotel.

    It is being developed by Panepinto Properties and Ironstate Development.
     
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    no nets? the lawyers are lining up
     
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    If you asked me to list all the possible ways I might possibly die, death by tape measurer would never occur to me.
     
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  4. HS Cult Leader

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    That's why they always say, "Hard Hats Must Be Worn On Site"!

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    It looks like it didn't do him much good sitting in his truck.
     
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    4 inches is fine
     
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    I have seen the nets on the construction projects in NYC. somebody messed up big time.
     
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    I feel bad for the wife and daughters. If they need me, I'll comfort them
     
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    The nets are for people falling, not small tools.

    He was on the site without a hardhat and I assume there's signs stating you must wear a hardhat at all times to enter the site.
    Here's the thing, ever construction worker there had to sit through a 1/2 hour safety class before being a allowed to work.
    But as far as I know, delivery drivers aren't required to do that because they change so often and technically they're not working on the site.
    I think this will change things.
     
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    I dropped my tape measue on my bare foot from about 7 feet last week. I almost slipped into a coma.
     
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    Sounds like this guy really didn't measure up...
     
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    Not true. :no: Vertical nets, nets around trash chutes. But I take your point. I had hours and hours of training in Lockheed about the danger of the smallest thing falling or flying around.
     
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    I choked on my sammich on that!
     
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    a 1-lb weight dropped from that height might still kill somebody wearing a hard hat.
     
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    Hardhats, high visibility vests, safety glasses and steal-toed boots must be worn at all times at most of the sites I work on, but delivery drivers fall into that gray area which in this instance resulted in death, not to mention the poor carpenter who dropped the tape measure that has to live with his mistake.
     
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    that was exactly my first thought.
     
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    the tape measure is not a friend to man
     
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    :jj: or women
     
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    Imagine how common things like this must have been 60+ years ago before things like OSHA and unions.
    Safety first.
     
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    Unions? You make me laugh....
     
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    He has a silhouette with a line through it painted on his lunchbox already.
     
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