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Contractors to Pay $147,500 in Fatal Fall at Vikings Stadium


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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two construction companies have agreed to pay a combined $147,500 in fines over safety violations in the death of one worker and injuries to another during construction of the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium last year.

Berwald Roofing is paying $113,200 for three violations, while Mortenson is paying $34,300 for one violation. The penalties are lower than Minnesota's Occupational Safety and Health Administration originally proposed, but the contractors disputed the original fines.

Thirty-five-year-old Jeramie Gruber, of Faribault, Minnesota, died and a second Berwald Roofing worker was seriously injured when they fell while working on the $1.1 billion U.S. Bank Stadium on Aug. 26, 2015.

James Honerman, spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, says the contractor didn't have an adequate plan for fall protection in place.

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