2 companies fined $173K after Vikings stadium worker death

- A contractor and subcontractor working on the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium will be fined $173,400 for safety violations after one worker was killed and another injured last summer.

The Minnesota OSHA investigation doesn't include an explanation of the incidents, but Mortenson Construction and subcontractor Berwald Roofing were each cited. The most serious allegation was against Berwald, who faces a $70,000 fine for willfully failing to have workers use proper fall protection while working above 6 feet in height.

In September, Minnesota OSHA officials confirmed 35-year-old Berwald worker Jeramie Gruber of Northfield, Minn. died after falling from the roof of the new Vikings stadium and breaking through a guardrail. Gruber fell about 50 feet.

"While installing a solid roof, two roofers fell and slid down the roof. One struck a post and stopped, but was injured. The other broke through a guardrail and fell onto an elevated platform below," Minnesota's Department of Labor and Industry fatality investigation page said in September.

The $1 billion stadium is slated to open this fall.

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