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Vikings' stadium construction resumes after fall

MINNEAPOLIS Work on U.S. Bank Stadium resumed Thursday in Minneapolis after a fatal accident halted construction the day before. The state Occupational Safety and Health Administration is working with Mortenson Construction, the project's lead co...

MINNEAPOLIS Work on U.S. Bank Stadium resumed Thursday in Minneapolis after a fatal accident halted construction the day before.
The state Occupational Safety and Health Administration is working with Mortenson Construction, the project’s lead contractor, to investigate the cause of the accident, which killed one worker and injured another, according to a statement issued Thursday morning by Mortenson.
Berwald Roofing, the North St. Paul subcontractor that employed the two men, confirmed the identity of the man who died as Jeramie Gruber, 35, of Northfield, Gruber fell about 50 feet from the edge of the new Vikings stadium’s roof into a snow gutter.
The other man, who has not been publicly identified, was treated at Hennepin County Medical Center for a deep cut on his leg that required 48 stitches and staples, the company said. He has been released from the hospital.
“Our company is fully committed to cooperate with investigators as they determine the cause of the incident,” the statement said. “The safety of employees is our highest priority on all of our projects.”
Berwald has had nine serious safety violation citations in the past five years, according to data provided by the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration. All came during routine inspections. Six were for lack of fall protection.

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