A worker died Monday morning after falling from an elevator while working on a Ferris wheel at a popular Jersey Shore amusement park.
The worker, identified as Robert Sanger, 62, of Pittsgrove in Salem County, dove from the elevator at the iconic Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in Ocean City around 10:30 a.m., The Press of Atlantic City reported, citing city officials.
Sanger, a contractor, was working on the Ferris wheel at the time of the accident.
He was transported to Shore Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
It was not immediately clear how Sanger fell. City officials said the incident was being investigated by the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the newspaper reported.
Sanger’s death was confirmed by Jay Gillian – the president of Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, who is also the mayor of Ocean City.
“We are saddened to report that a contractor employee working on an elevator at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier suffered a fatal injury on Monday morning,” he said in a statement.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
Gillian said he was cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation. He pledged to provide more information about the incident as it becomes available.
A Facebook page for Gillian’s mayoral re-election campaign announced that Gillian is “suspending all campaign activity with immediate effect” following news of the accident. He has been mayor since 2010 and is running for re-election on May 10.