Paterson, NJ Strange's Silk Mill Scaffolding Collapse, Aug 1877
A serious accident, by which five men were badly, and one fatally, injured, occurred at Strange's new silk mill, Paterson, yesterday. The men were working on scaffolding which proved to have been insecurely fastened, and it suddenly gave way, precipitating them to the ground, a distance of 20 feet. John Van Wyck fell upon his back and struck his head upon a stone, fracturing his skull and receiving other injuries that must necessarily prove fatal.
The New York Times, New York, NY 23 Aug 1877