Tape Measure Falls 50 Stories, Kills Man at Construction Site

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construction accidentJersey City, NJ -- A man who was delivering construction materials was killed when a tape measure fell 50 stories and hit him on the head.

The 1-lb tape measure fell off of a construction worker's belt on the fiftieth floor.  It struck construction equipment 10-15 feet from the ground and then ricocheted and struck Gary Anderson, 58.  

Anderson was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.

"He was a very good worker.  He's been with us for a long time," said George Hildebrandt, a co-worker.

Workers were temporarily cleared out after the accident.

A construction worker on site said, "You don't work in this environment without a hard hat."  He added, "He paid the price.  You gotta have it."