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Workers Injured After Excavator Rolls Down Embankment

The men suffered non-life-threatening injuries in incident on Fairmount Avenue.

Two workers were injured Wednesday when an excavator rolled down a steep embankment where they were building a home on Fairmount Avenue, Chatham Borough Police said.

According to police, Nicolino Magnacca, 51, of Long Valley, was operating an excavator when it rolled down the embankment he was digging at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. 

Richard Pfeiffer, 63, of Parsippany, jumped out of the excavator he was operating downslope when he saw the other machine rolling down the hill toward him, police said.

Both men were transported to Morristown Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Chatham Emergency Squad, fire department and OSHA responded to the scene.

Fairmount Avenue was closed Thursday so the excavator could be removed with a crane.

Duncan Munchkin May 30, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Does the Chatham engineer have any idea what it is they are trying to do there on Fairmount Ave? Sticking I beams in the ground. How can they be building a house so close to another house? Garage maybe. This has been a disaster waiting to happen...and it is lucky nothing more serious occurred.

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