Jersey Shore

Worker Dies in Fall While Working on Ocean City, NJ, Ferris Wheel

The worker was identified as 62-year-old Robert Sanger of Pittsgrove, New Jersey

The Ferris Wheel at Gillian's Wonderland Pier
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A subcontractor died Monday after falling from a lift while working on the Ferris wheel at Gillian's Wonderland Pier on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

Ocean City Fire Department EMTs responded to the popular boardwalk amusement park just after 10:30 a.m. Monday, the Jersey Shore town said in a brief statement.

A subcontractor, later identified as 62-year-old welder Robert Sanger of Pittsgrove, New Jersey, had fallen from a lift while working on the Ferris, the city said. He worked for Cargo Tech International of Swedesboro.

Gillian's later released a statement on its Facebook page saying that Sanger had died.

"Our thoughts and prayers go to his family," pier president Jay A. Gillian said, while calling it a "tragic accident."

Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators would look into what happened.

Gillian said they are cooperating with the investigation into the worker's death.

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