Worker dies after tumbling 50 feet from roof of new Vikings stadium

27 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Construction worker killed in fall from roof of new Vikings stadium.

MINNEAPOLIS — A construction worker plunged about 50 feet to his death at the Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium site Wednesday morning while a second worker with him was seriously injured.

One construction worker was killed and another is in serious condition after falling while working on the roof of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium on Wednesday morning, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Officials were still trying to determine how the accident happened, said John Wood, senior vice president with Mortenson Construction, the general contractor overseeing the $1 billion-plus project. 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.

In a statement, the Vikings called the accident “extremely sad” and offered thoughts and prayers for the family of the dead worker, the injured man who remained hospitalized and all the other construction workers affected by the accident. “Our priority is to ensure that we know exactly what happened and ensure that it never happens again. 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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