BERKELEY TOWNSHIP - Investigators are starting to look into the death of a construction worker following the partial collapse of a building in the Bayville section of Berkeley Township.
Raymond Crosby was working on the demolition team at Beachwood Plaza on Route 9 when part of the roof collapsed, killing him. Officials say the collapse happened just before 3 p.m. Thursday.
According to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office, Crosby was using an acetylene torch to remove girders. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is looking into whether or not this had anything to do with the collapse.
Crosby was working for Edgewood Properties. According to OSHA, the company has been fined several times for violations at its various sites.
In 2010, the company was fined $18,000 for nine violations at a work site in Brick and $12,800 related to a site in Cherry Hill. Edgewood Properties was also fined $3,500 for violations at a work site in Edison in 2009.
The company did not return News 12 New Jersey's calls for comment.
Beachwood Plaza has been vacant for several years. Recently, the owner turned over the property to the local government in order to move forward with demolition.
OSHA will work to determine the cause of the accident that killed Crosby.