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Generator falls from crane, killing 2 at construction site

  • Police, firefighters and rescue workers work the scene of a construction accident involving a crane and a fallen generator at the future home of the Whippany Fire Company in Hanover, N.J. today. A five-ton generator fell from a crane at the construction site in northern New Jersey, killing at least one worker and severely injuring another. (Bob Karp/The Daily Record via AP)

  • Police, firefighters and rescue workers work the scene of a construction accident involving a crane and a fallen generator at the future home of the Whippany Fire Company in Hanover, N.J. today. A five-ton generator fell from a crane at the construction site in northern New Jersey, killing at least one worker and severely injuring another. (Bob Karp/The Daily Record via AP)

HANOVER, N.J. » A 5-ton generator has fallen from a crane at a construction site in northern New Jersey, killing two workers.

Hanover Mayor Ronald Francioli says a strap on a crane lowering the generator at an under-construction firehouse snapped this morning.

Morris County prosecutor’s office Executive Captain Richard Rose says the first man died at the scene and the second died later at a hospital. The mayor says one man suffered a collapsed lung, a broken rib cage and leg injuries.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Lenore Uddyback-Forston says an inspector was dispatched to the work site to investigate after the fatal accident.

The work site is the future home of the Whippany Fire Company.

A spokesman for county prosecutors says the accident is under investigation.

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