A ruling was just handed down regarding a work accident that led to the death of one worker and an injury to another last summer.
U.S. Bank Stadium contractor Mortenson Construction and subcontractor Berwald Roofing face fines of $173,400 for "serious" and "willful" safety violations in the death of one worker and injury to another last August.
The two companies were cited after an investigation by the state Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The inspection reports, with citations and fines, were posted on the federal Department of Labor's website.
The reports don't provide an explanation of the accidents, but the largest fine - $70,000 - and most serious alleged violation faults Berwald for willfully failing to have workers use proper fall protection while working at heights above 6 feet.
To issue a citation for a "willful" violation, an investigator must determine an employer was aware of a hazardous condition and made no reasonable effort to eliminate it. Willful violations are uncommon.
It's never been publicly stated whether the workers, who were Berwald employees, were wearing safety harnesses. This latest citation is the closest official indication that something wasn't properly in place.
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