A 67-year-old man was injured in Ramsey, New Jersey, March 18 when a pallet of slate paving stones fell on top of him, according to a story in the North Jersey Record and posted on North Jersey.com.
In a statement, Police Chief Bryan Gurney says that the Ramsey Police Department received a call at 11:24 a.m. about a man crushed by a pile of bricks at a house, according to the story. When the police arrived, they removed the pavers.
The victim was picked up by a Medevac helicopter at 12:15 p.m. at a field adjacent to the Adorno Fathers church, near the site of the accident and transported to St. Joseph's University Medical Center, Gurney told the reporters. Later that night, Gurney told them that the victim's condition appeared to be improving but did not have further details.
Employees of Stonehouse Nursery, a landscaping company, appeared to have been working at the home when one of the landscapers apparently pushed a pallet off the back of a truck and onto the driver of the paver delivery truck, Gurney told the reporters.
At the accident site, a pallet of stone pavers was seen resting against a truck carrying more pallets, according to the story. Loose pavers were strewn about the side of the road, and a man who appeared to be a worker was observed sitting on the curb with his head down.
Gurney told the reporters that it appeared the victim had been unloading pallets of slate for a landscaping project when the incident occurred. He told them he did not know the weight of the slate and that “Everything indicates that what happened was an accident.”
This accident serves as a reminder of the extreme caution that should be taken whenever heavy objects are being moved, whether at a landscape company’s own yard or on a jobsite.
Police are investigating the incident. Officials from the Bergen County Sheriff's Office's Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are also said to have been at the scene.