2 Dead After Generator Falls on Workers in NJ: Officials

The generator was seen on the ground near the crane officials say it broke free from

Two workers were killed when a generator fell on them at a construction site in New Jersey Thursday morning, officials said.

The five-ton generator fell on the workers at the site -- a future fire station -- after a strap on the crane lowering it snapped, according to officials with the Morris County Prosecutor's Office.

One worker was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other was taken to the hospital, where he died hours later, officials said.

Chopper 4 footage from the scene showed the generator on the ground near a crane, which remained on the ground for much of the afternoon.

One of the workers was employed by Boz Electric and the other was employed by IPE. Messages to their employers have not been returned. 

Inspectors from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration were called to the site.

The general contractor on the Hanover firehouse project has been identified as Precision Building and Construction, based in Bridgewater, but it was not involved in the lifting or installing of the generator Thursday.

The company said in a statement Friday: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to those individuals killed or injured as a result of the tragic accident that occurred yesterday morning." 

"Immediately after the accident, Precision stopped work and sent its employees home," the company said. "Precision, which has an excellent reputation for protecting the health and safety of its employees, is fully cooperating with the police and OSHA. Because Precision was not involved in the incident, we cannot provide any additional details." 

The Morris County Prosecutor's Office is also investigating the accident. 

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