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Construction resumes after fatal fall off Vikings Stadium roof

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

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Work on U.S. Bank Stadium resumed in Minneapolis after a fatal accident halted construction yesterday. (Image courtesy of Minnesota Vikings)

Work on U.S. Bank Stadium resumed Thursday in Minneapolis after a fatal accident halted construction the day before.

The federal 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.
The worker who died fell about 50 feet from the edge of the new Vikings stadium's roof into a snow gutter on the north side of the building, said John Wood, a senior vice president with Mortenson. The other man was injured on the roof but did not fall from it.
The names of the two victims were not officially released, but a relative and a friend confirmed that the man who died was Jeramie Gruber, 35, of Northfield, Minn.
Berwald Roofing, the subcontractor that employed the two workers, was given serious citations nine times in the past five years, all during routine inspections. Six were for lack of fall protection, according to data provided by the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Mortenson will provide counseling services on site for workers, Wood said in the company's news release.

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