Man Struck, Killed by Falling Tape Measure From 50-Storey Building

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) -
The construction site in Jersey City where Gary Anderson was struck and killed by a falling tape measure. (AP Photo/The Jersey Journal, Reena Rose Sibayan)
The construction site in Jersey City where Gary Anderson was struck and killed by a falling tape measure. (AP Photo/The Jersey Journal, Reena Rose Sibayan)

A man delivering sheet rock to a construction site was killed Monday morning when a tape measure fell 50 stories and hit him on the head.

The one-pound tape measure became dislodged from the belt of a worker on the 50th floor of the Jersey City high-rise and struck construction equipment about 10 to 15 feet from the ground. It then ricocheted and struck 58-year-old Gary Anderson, who had just stopped to speak with another worker who was in a pickup truck.

Anderson, who wasn’t wearing a hard hat, was taken to a hospital, where he died shortly before 10 a.m.