Police identify a construction worker killed on the site of a Hindu temple


Authorities identified the worker who died at a famous Hindu temple in Robbinsville last month as Hillside’s Antonio Marques.

Marches was 57.

He died on September 23 in BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir on North Main Street.

Robbinsville Police said Marques sustained fatal injuries Thursday in an accidental mishap with a front-end loader he was operating while installing block boundaries.

Marques worked for many years Flats & curbs, a Newark company. His obituary says Born in Figueira da Foz, Portugal, he immigrated to the United States in the late 1980s, living first in Newark and then in Hillside.

The Temple previously issued a statement expressing its condolences to the man’s family and employees of Flats & Curbs, a subcontractor at the site. “Occupational safety is a priority for BAPS and we are committed to our full cooperation with law enforcement in the investigation of the accident,” it said.

The temple, a stunning, intricate work of handcrafted marble and mosaics located on a former farm, was also the target of a civil lawsuit alleging human trafficking and a resulting federal criminal investigation into the treatment of workers.

In 2017, a 15-year-old Pennsylvania boy died after falling 45 feet inside the main temple. Described as a volunteer at the time, his family filed a lawsuit against BAPS that was later settled for an undisclosed amount, according to court documents.

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Kevin Shea can be reached at [email protected].


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