A new report from Minnesota OSHA is revealing details about the circumstances that led to the injury of one worker and the death of another on the Vikings stadium project last week.
The report stated that two roofers “fell and slid down the roof” while installing a solid roof and that one of the workers struck a post and was injured. The other “broke through a guardrail and fell onto an elevated platform below,” the report stated.
The worker who died as a result of his injuries was previously identified by his employer, Berwald Roofing in North St. Paul, as Jeramie Gruber, a 35-year-old Northfield resident and member of the Roofers & Waterproofers Local 96.
Mortenson Construction senior vice president John Wood said last week that the deceased worker fell about 50 feet. Golden Valley-based Mortenson is building the $1.08 billion stadium.
Berwald has not released the name of the injured worker, who also worked for the North St. Paul roofing company. But Berwald said last week that he suffered a deep cut on his leg, requiring 48 stitches and staples.
He was released from the hospital last week.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office said last week that Gruber died as a result of “blunt force injuries of the head following a fall” at the construction site.
James Honerman, spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, said Wednesday that Minnesota OSHA compliance opened its investigation into the fatality on Aug. 26, the day of the incident.
“The case is open and ongoing so there is no public information currently,” he said in an email. “There is no set timetable about how long an OSHA investigation takes, however everyone at the site is working together with Minnesota OSHA to see what may have caused or contributed to the accident.”
Berwald is working on about 278,000 square feet of a PVC roofing system for the 1.75-million-square-foot stadium, according to the company’s website.
The roofers were working on the roof on the north side of the building about 7:45 a.m. when the accident occurred, Wood said.