Worker at Vikings stadium broke through guardrail in deadly fall, OSHA report says


The construction worker who died following an incident at the new Minnesota Vikings stadium slid down a roof, broke through a guardrail and fell onto an elevated platform below, the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration Division's monthly fatality investigation report says.

The investigation into the incident is still ongoing, but the report provides a little more detail into how Jeramie Gruber, 35, of Northfield, died and another worker was injured last Wednesday morning.

According to the report:

"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."

The report does not indicate when the investigation will be completed, but OSHA reports can take months.

The Star Tribune says the worker who survived the fall was released from the hospital after receiving 48 stitches to close a deep cut on his leg.

The Hennepin County Medial Examiner found Gruber died of blunt force injuries of the head following the fall.

A funeral was held Monday in Faribault, where he went to high school. His obituary says he enjoyed fishing, hunting and the outdoors, and was a "kind, honest, loving man" who enjoyed spending time with his wife and their dog.

As of Wednesday morning, a GoFundMe Page to support Gruber's wife had raised $6,993 of its $10,000 goal.

Both men were working for Berwald Roofing Company of North St. Paul, a subcontractor of Mortenson Construction, which is the lead contractor on the new U.S. Bank Stadium.

Construction on the new stadium is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2016 football season.

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