MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Construction work has resumed at U.S. Bank Stadium one day after a deadly accident. Jeramie Gruber, 35, fell 50 feet while doing roof work on the new Vikings stadium Thursday morning. Another worker suffered a deep cut on his leg that needed 48 stitches.
“One of our employees injured at the stadium work site early yesterday morning has been released from the Hennepin County Medical Center. He suffered a deep cut on his leg, requiring 48 stitches and staples,” Berwald Roofing and Sheet Metal said in a statement Friday. “Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Berwald employee Jeramie Gruber of Northfield, and our entire staff continues to grieve his loss. Our company is fully committed to cooperate with investigators as they determine the cause of the incident. The safety of employees is our highest priority on all of our projects.”
The roofing company says it's not clear if Gruber was wearing a safety harness. The accident is under investigation.
Employees with the roofing company won't return to the job site until next week.
Mortenson Construction statement
“Mortenson Construction and its subcontractors resumed construction work today on the U.S. Bank Stadium project. We are working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate the circumstances following yesterday's tragic incident. Mortenson is also providing resources and counselors on site for workers and will continue to make these resources available for as long as they are needed. Mortenson, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, Minnesota Vikings and all project partners are committed to the safe and successful completion of the U.S. Bank Stadium project.”