Stadium contractors face $147K fine for workplace fatality

The two contractors of the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota were ordered to settle fines worth $147,000 after a worker died while constructing the building last year, a December 9 article of Construction Equipment reported.

According to reports, contractors Berwald Roofing and Mortenson Construction agreed to the fine imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Minnesota (MNOSHA) relating to Jeramie Gruber’s death. Gruber, 35, was on the Berwald Roofing team and fell 50 feet from the area where he was working. Authorities discovered there were no safety guardrails in the area that could have prevented Gruber from falling on August 26, 2015. The MNOSHA initially imposed a total of $175,000 for the serious safety violations committed by the two contractors, but an appeal resulted in a reduction of the fine.

The Minnesota attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates represent families who have lost their loved ones in workplace accidents. We strongly believe that families who are in this situation should receive the compensations they need to sustain their living. Find out how we can help you file a legal claim against negligent parties today by calling (612) 334-3444.



Companies involved in fatal U.S. Bank Stadium accident facing fine

After being cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a U.S. Bank Stadium contractor and subcontractor are facing fines amounting to $173,400 in connection to last year’s accident that killed one worker and injured another, an article of Star Tribune reported on June 16.

Mortenson Construction and Berwald Roofing facilitated the construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. During the construction process, Jeramie Gruber, 35, and another worker, accidentally fell from the building while working in August. Gruber died as a result of his injuries and the other worker sustained serious injuries after they fell and slid off the roof due to the company’s safety violations. OSHA did not detail the citations that were considered “willful” and “serious” safety violations the two companies committed.

The attorneys at Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota strongly believe workers who are involved in workplace accidents should receive their much-needed benefits in a timely manner. If you have been injured in a workplace, call us at (612) 334-3444 to find out how we may be able to help you get your workers’ compensation benefits.



OSHA still investigating deadly accident in Vikings Stadium construction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently stated that they are still investigating the recent accident that happened during the construction of Vikings Stadium, where one worker was killed and another was injured, CBS Minnesota reported on September 2.

In a report, OSHA stated that the two workers of Berwald Roofing “fell and slid” while they were positioning a roof. The worker who was fatally injured in the accident fell and struck a platform above the ground after he went through a guardrail. The other worker, according to OSHA, only sustained injuries from the accident after he was caught by a post. OSHA is investigating if the man who was fatally injured was restrained by a harness when the accident happened. Reports revealed that the employer of the two workers had received nine counts of citations from OSHA in the last five years- mainly for failing to protect workers from fall accidents.

The lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates in Minnesota understand that families experience physical, emotional, and financial hardships after losing a loved one in a workplace accident. However, if this happens to you, we may work on your behalf if negligent companies are involved. Speak with us today at (612) 334-3444 to learn more of your options.



1 dead, 1 badly hurt in Vikings stadium accident

A worker recently died and another was hospitalized with serious injuries after they got involved in a construction accident in Minnesota, an article from Star Tribune reported on August 27.

Reports said on August 26, two employees of Berwald Roofing Co. accidentally fell from the Vikings stadium roof. Both of the roofers, who were working on the edge of the roof, fell into the snow gutter from an estimated height of 50 feet. One of the workers, identified as a Northfield resident, was killed in the accident while the other individual, who was not named, was seriously injured. Though details of the accident were not released yet, Mortenson Construction Senior Vice President John Wood stated that the two workers were doing standard work when the accident happened.

The Minnesota lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates express our deepest condolences to the family and friends who are mourning in the loss of their loved one.



Industrial worker killed in Hopkins

An industrial worker was killed in an accident inside a food distribution warehouse in Hopkins, Minnesota, an article on kare11.com reported September 22.

Hopkins Police stated that the fatal occurrence took place on September 21 at around 2:00 p.m. inside Supervalu Food Distribution Center. A 51-year-old worker, whose name was not revealed, got pinned in an accident. The worker succumbed to his injuries before responding crews could arrive. Further details were not released by the company, and operation was temporarily halted. The state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Hopkins Police are investigating the incident.

The Minnesota lawyers of Robert Wilson & Associates send their deepest regards to the family and friends who are grieving the recent and unexpected loss of their loved one.



One dead in fatal farm accident

A farmer was killed in an accident while working on a southern Minnesota farm, KARE11 reported on June 6.

Reports said the fatal accident occurred before 2:00 p.m., the time when responding crews recovered the lifeless body of a man from under heavy equipment. The Dodge County Sheriff and Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner continue to investigate the cause of the incident. The identify of the man has not been released.

The lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates are deeply sorry for this tragedy. We understand that families who have lost a loved one in a fatal workplace accident often suffer from emotional and financial difficulties as a result of the unexpected loss. If you have experienced this in Minnesota, the lawyers at Robert Wilson & Associates may be able to advocate for you and recover funds from the parties responsible for your tragic loss. Speak with us today at (612) 334-3444 to further discuss your situation and legal options.