Scaffolding collapses at Vikings stadium site

High winds caused a large segment of scaffolding to collapse at the construction site.

There has been a lot of optimism surrounding the construction of the new Vikings stadium, but there are reasons why people are required to wear hardhats at construction sites.

At 3:42 p.m. Sunday, high winds that whipped through Minnesota claimed a victim – a large segment of scaffolding that was erected on the south side of the stadium. Fortunately, there were no injuries, but it could have been tragic had more workers, bicyclists, motorists or pedestrians been at the scene at the time.

The scaffolding came crashing down, forcing the closure of South Fifth Street because the scaffolding was close to the roadway.

The crash didn’t impact the light rail line that runs adjacent to the stadium site, but the scaffolding came down on a trailer that significantly damaged the roof, as well as damaging a fence along Fifth Street that pushed the scaffolding over a bike lane on Fifth Street.

Traffic was redirected for a time Sunday afternoon and evening while crews worked to remove the scaffolding and get it back on the property.

In the end, it was merely a mishap that was a momentary nuisance, but those involved in the stadium project breathed a sigh of relief that nobody was injured in the collapse because it could have potentially been tragic.

MONDAY NOTES
  • Former Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson met late last week with the San Francisco 49ers, who have lost two linebackers in the offseason to retirement and are looking for replacements. Lance Briggs is expected to meet with team officials this week.

  • Henderson is also scheduled to visit the New York Jets this week.

  • The NFL is going to look into the possibility of using cameras along the goal lines, sidelines and end lines of NFL fields. The Patriots made a proposal at last week’s owners meetings to include cameras, but the idea was rejected – resulting in a vehement reaction from Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. The league has said it will look into research and development of the concept, but it will have to be something that can be uniformly implemented in all 31 stadiums.

  • Two former Vikings training camp players fought in the main event at Wrestlemania 31 Sunday night, as Brock Lesnar took on Joe Anoa’i, who wrestles under the name Roman Reigns. Lesnar quit wrestling in 2004 to pursue a football career – a sport he hadn’t played since high school. He was an NCAA champion wrestler at the University of Minnesota. Anoa’i was an undrafted rookie in 2007. Unfortunately for both of them, neither walked away from Wrestlemania as the champion.


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