Galley: Fatal fall at Vikings stadium construction site

27 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Construction Worker Dead After Fall From Vikings Stadium.

A construction worker died after falling 50 feet off the roof and into a snow gutter on the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in Minneapolis on Wednesday, the Star Tribune reports.

A second man was also injured and remains in serious condition at a local hospital, however, how he got hurt is unclear, according to Mortenson Construction, the general contractor for the project. Regarding the worker who fell and died, officials say the cause of the tumble is unclear, including whether the unnamed individual was wearing a harness or taking any other safety precautions.

He was then taken to the hospital. “A man lost his life on this project today, and that simply should never happen,” John Wood, senior vice president of Mortenson, said in a press conference late Wednesday morning. “Our priority is to know exactly what happened and ensure that it never happens again.” It was just 45 minutes into their shift when something happened on the north side of the roof to cause Gruber to fall and to cause injuries to the other. Last year, the Audubon Society complained over the type of glass chosen to construct some of the stadium’s walls and the roof, noting it was potentially dangerous to birds. Wood said investigators were still determining what kind of work the two men were doing, whether they were wearing harnesses or other safety gear at the time, or whether such equipment was required where the men were working. Operations were suspended for the day, leaving huge cranes standing idle over the site of the former Metrodome on the eastern edge of downtown Minneapolis.

And while the project faces tight deadlines so the stadium can open in time for the Vikings preseason in August 2016, he said that wasn’t his concern now.

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