U.S. Bank Stadium construction incident includes fatality


An accident this morning during the construction of U.S. Bank Stadium today resulted in the death of one worker and severe injury to another.

According to the Star Tribune, the two workers were from Berwald Roofing.  Around 7:45 this morning, senior vice president for Mortenson Construction John Wood called in the incident where one individual fell 50 feet off the roof into a snow gutter while the other was injured while still on the roof.  Both were treated on-site and then taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center.

The employee that fell lost his life while the other is in serious condition at the medical center.

The Minnesota Vikings offered this statement on the U.S. Bank Stadium incident:

"“Today is an extremely sad day for the Minnesota Vikings organization and the entire stadium team. Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the individual who passed away, the worker who remains hospitalized, and the more than 1,000 dedicated construction workers who are on the site every day and are also affected by this accident.”"

Oct 2, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; A Minnesota Vikings helmet sits on the sidelines during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 42-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

U.S. Bank Stadium is slated to be the home of the Minnesota Vikings for the 2016 NFL season.  It is designed to be one of the most modern and unique buildings in the world.  Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was informed of the incident at the stadium and offered his condolences.

"“I was told about the accident at the stadium. … It’s a sad day for us. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the families.”"

At this time, it isn’t known whether or not safety precautions were being taken by the workers or if these injuries could have been avoided.  However, our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by this incident and, or course, our condolences to the family of the individual who lost their life.

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