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Falls from U.S. Bank Stadium claim life of 1 construction worker and injure another

Among U.S. construction workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that fall-related accidents remain the leading cause of injury and death. Just this week, a 35-year-old man, who was part of the construction crew that is completing work on the roof of U.S. Bank Stadium, died after he reportedly fell 50 feet from the stadium’s roof before coming to rest in a snow gutter. A second worker, who also suffered apparent fall-related injuries in the same incident, still remains hospitalized.

According to a Minneapolis Star Tribune article, for unknown reasons, the men fell while completing work on the north side of the massive stadium's roof. The men were both employed with a roofing company that was a contractor on the project which employs an estimated 1,200 construction workers.

The two men's employer reported that the accidents occurred while the men were "performing 'fairly conventional' installation," work on the stadium's roof. It is not yet known whether or not either worker was wearing a safety harness when they fell. Records show that, during the last five years, the men's employer has been cited for nine worksite safety violations. Some of these violations involved cases where workers who were working six or more feet off of the ground were not wearing required safety gear.

This tragic accident is a reminder of the many dangerous construction workers face every day they report to a construction worksite. For New York construction workers who perform assigned duties from heights of six or more feet, it's imperative that safety gear like harnesses are worn to protect against fall-related injuries and deaths.

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