Contractor falls to death while fixing Jersey Shore amusement park ride

A contractor died Monday while repairing a ride at a Jersey Shore amusement park, according to a statement from the amusement park’s president.

Jay A. Gillian, president of Gillian’s Wonderland Pier amusement park in Ocean City, New Jersey, confirmed the worker’s death in a statement posted on the park’s Facebook page.

“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,” Gillian said via statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

“We are cooperating with all relevant authorities to fully investigate the cause of this tragic accident,” he continued. “As we have more information, we will provide it.”

An article published by NBC News identified the victim as Robert Sanger, 62, of Pittsgrove, New Jersey. Sanger was a welder who worked for Cargo Tech International of Swedesboro, also according to the outlet. Sanger was working on the amusement park’s Ferris wheel elevator at the time of his death. (RELATED: 14-Year-Old Boy Falls From Amusement Park Labeled World’s Biggest Of Its Kind)

It was not immediately clear how Sanger fell to his death, the New York Post reported. The incident that claimed Sanger’s life is being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), city officials said, according to the outlet. Sanger was taken to a local hospital after the fall, where he was pronounced dead.

Sanger is survived by his daughter, Lauren Sanger Bradway, NBC News reported.

“He was a wonderful man,” Bradway told the outlet.

“He did everything,” Bradway explained. “He was a builder. I will miss everything about him.

Steve Keeley, an anchor for FOX 29 News in Philadelphia, tweeted about the incident, saying the amusement park employees were busy preparing for Memorial Day.

Harold B. McConnell