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OSHA: Stadium roofer who survived hit post to stop his fall

Forum News Service MINNEAPOLIS -- The death of a construction worker on the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium occurred after he slid down a roof, broke through a guardrail and fell to an elevated platform below, said a report released Tuesday on the...

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The death of a construction worker on the Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium occurred after he slid down a roof, broke through a guardrail and fell to an elevated platform below, said a report released Tuesday on the state Department of Labor and Industry’s fatality investigation page.

Jeramie Gruber, 35,  of Northfield died in the accident. The roofer who survived struck a post and it stopped his fall, said the report.

The report came from  the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration Division, which is continuing its investigation.

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The accident occurred at 7:45 a.m. last Wednesday.

The accident report said in full: “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 two men were employees of Mortenson Construction’s subcontractor Berwald Roofing Co. of North St. Paul.

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