Worker Killed in Fall at Wonderland Pier

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The fatal fall occurred during work on the Ferris wheel at Gillian's Wonderland Pier.

By MADDY VITALE

A subcontractor was killed in a fall while doing work on the Ferris wheel at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in Ocean City on Monday morning.

At 10:32 a.m., Ocean City Fire Department EMTs responded to a call at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, where a welder fell from a lift at the amusement park, according to city spokesman Doug Bergen.

Robert W. Sanger, 62, of Pittsgrove, N.J., died of his injuries and was pronounced dead at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point. He was an employee of Cargo Tech International of Swedesboro, N.J., Bergen said in a news release.

A woman who answered the phone at Cargo Tech International did not wish to comment except to say, “We want to respect the privacy of the family.”

Gillian’s Wonderland Pier.

Mayor Jay Gillian, who is the president of Wonderland Pier, also confirmed the worker’s death in a statement posted on the amusement park’s website and Facebook page.

“We are saddened to report that an employee of a subcontractor working on a lift at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier suffered a fatal injury Monday morning. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” Gillian said.

He continued, “We are cooperating with all appropriate authorities to thoroughly investigate the cause of this tragic accident. As we get more information we will provide it.”

The fall remains under investigation by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Bergen said.