Worker killed in North Bergen construction site accident
Authorities say a construction worker was killed in a work-related accident at a North Bergen construction site Saturday. The tragic construction site accident occurred just before noon as the worker was attempting to remove a metal trash container from the residential construction site.
Crews reportedly have been working on a renovation project at the North Bergen residence. A backhoe was parked near the residence as crews have been renovated the basement of the home. The worker was hired as a subcontractor to remove the trash container that was filled with debris from the renovation project. Authorities say that as they man was dragging the trash container onto a truck, a cable snapped, causing the fatal construction site accident.
The worker reportedly was sitting in the driver’s seat in the cab of the truck when the cable snapped. The cable whipsawed through the rear window on the cab of the truck a struck the man in the head. The cable inflicted massive trauma, which resulted in fatal injuries. The construction worker was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police and medical examiners investigated the scene of the accident Saturday afternoon. A drop cloth was placed over the truck to preserve the construction worker’s dignity as investigators pored over the scene. Authorities are impounding the truck as a part of the fatal construction site investigation.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified of the accident. The federal worker safety agency is expected to conduct its own investigation of the North Bergen construction site accident.