1 Worker Dead, 1 Critically Injured in Fall From Vikings Stadium Roof

August 26, 2015


(This story has been updated.)

One worker was killed and another injured after falling while working on the roof of the new Minnesota Vikings Stadium, reports the Star Tribune.

The two worked for Berwald Roofing Co., which has had several fall-prevention violations, according to reports. In the past five years, Berwald, which has a $3.4 million contract on the stadium, has received nine worksite citations for serious violations during six inspections, reports indicate. Fines totaled more than $12,500.

According to the Star Tribune, the workers were both treated at the scene of the accident and taken to a nearby Hospital. The surviving worker was in serious condition. A rescue effort using a rescue basket, ropes and cables by Fire Department personnel retrieved one of the workers from a crevice of the roof, according to authorities.

John Wood, senior vice president of Mortenson Construction, couldn’t say whether the two workers were wearing safety harnesses, a requirement for anyone working in certain elevated areas, according to the newspaper.

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