Fatal Construction Accident

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Orlando Rivas, of Newark, underneath who died at the scene.

EAST HANOVER  —  A construction worker was killed after a steel beam fell on him at a construction site on Eagle Rock Avenue on Wednesday, November 4.

East Hanover Police Chief Christopher F. Cannizzo reports that at 4:30 p.m. they received a 9-1-1 call of a person trapped under a large steel beam with traumatic injuries at Support of Excavation, 73 Eagle Rock Avenue, East Hanover.

Chief Christopher F. Cannizzo confirmed a beam used to shore up excavation trenches to prevent cave-ins fell from a stack of girders, pinning 45-year-worker Orlando Rivas, of Newark, underneath who died at the scene.

East Hanover Police at the scene of Support of Excavation, 73 Eagle Rock Avenue, East Hanover

East Hanover Emergency Service Unit responded along with Detectives both from East Hanover Police Department and Morris County SheriffsOffice.  East Hanover Fire Chief Davino and Atlantic Health Paramedics. The investigation is still continuing.

Chief Cannizzo said the area is safe and that the incident appears to have been an accident.