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Excavator Rolls Over, Injures Operator on Fairmount Avenue

The Alternative Press Staff

Thursday, May 29, 2014 • 7:50pm

CHATHAM, NJ - A man was transported to Morristown Medical Center after an excavator he was operating rolled down a steep embankment Wednesday on Fairmount Avenue.

On May 28 at 1:32 p.m., patrols responded to 247 Fairmount Avenue on a report that an excavator rolled over and the operator was injured.

It was determined that a Komatsu excavator operated by Nicolino Magnacca, age 51 of Long Valley, rolled down a steep embankment as he was digging in preparation for building a new home on the site. Richard Pfeiffer, age 63 of Parsippany, was operating a second excavator downslope from Magnacca and jumped from his machine when he saw the first excavator rolling down the hill towards him.

Both men suffered injuries and Magnacca was transported to Morristown Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries by the Chatham Emergency Squad. Also on the scene was the Chatham Fire Department. OSHA responded to the scene to conduct an investigation into the cause of the incident.

Thursday, Fairmount Avenue was closed in the area as a large crane is being used to right the excavator.

Report prepared by Kevin O'Shea of the Chatham Borough Police Department


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