The Associate Press reports that a construction worker who was part of
the new Minnesota Viking’s stadium fell an approximate 50 feet and
died on the jobsite August 26 and another worker was seriously injured.
The construction worker, who worked for Berwald Roofing Co., was apparently
only about 45 minutes into his shift when he fell from the edge of the
roof into a snow gutter and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital,
according to the Senior Vice President of Mortenson Construction, John Wood.
“This is a very tragic day in the life of the stadium construction
project,” Wood related at a news conference. No one was available
to comment on the fatality from Berwald Roofing. The company has received
several citations due to safety violations at its worksites over the last
five years. Many of these warnings stemming from workers who failed to
use safety harnesses.
The roughly 1,200 men and women working on the more than $1 billion project
were left idle the rest of the day, with Wood reporting they held “a
very somber gathering” after the accident. Work picked up again
the next day with a grief counselors on site.
The Vikings released a statement calling the death “extremely sad”
and offered the family their thoughts and prayers as well as for the other
injured worker in the hospital.
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