Tape Measure DeathA worker died on Monday after suffering injuries from a falling tape measure in New Jersey. The tape measure fell from the 50th floor of a building and hit the man on the head.

The tape measure, which weighed about 1 pound, fell from a construction worker's utility belt. Then it bounced off some construction equipment approximately 10 or 15 feet up from the base of the building before hitting its victim in the head.

The 58-year-old victim was speaking with another construction worker in a pickup truck when the incident happened. He had just delivered a load of product from National Gypsum, a construction materials company. The man worked for an independent truck company in charge of delivering the materials.

Deceased Worker Was Not Wearing a Hard Hat

Unfortunately, the deceased man was not wearing his hard hat at the time he was struck. However, police reports indicate that he had a hard hat in his vehicle at the time. An ex-construction worker near the accident scene made several statements about the dangers of going without a hard hat in such a construction site.

After the accident, workers were cleared from the building, but operations returned to normal later that day. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently conducting an investigation into the accident. The owner of the trucking company that employed the man said that he was a good worker and had been with them for an extended period of time.

Family Benefits in Workers' Compensation Claims

When a worker is hurt or killed on the job, it does not matter whose fault the accident was in terms of workers' compensation coverage. Regardless of whether this man should or should not have been wearing his hard hat, it is likely that his family will be eligible for workers' compensation benefits stemming from his death. For example, the man's family may be able to pursue money for end of life expenses. They may also be eligible to receive compensation for lost family income.