GREAT FALLS — Authorities say a man fell to his death while working on a construction project to replace a bridge that crosses the Two Medicine River.

Glacier County Sheriff Vernon Billedeaux says the 53-year-old man died Monday evening after falling from a bridge abutment.

The Great Falls Tribune reports the man was working on a $24 million project to replace the outdated bridge on U.S. Highway 2 near East Glacier.

Billedeaux declined to release the man's name before the family is notified.

The sheriff says foul play is not suspected, but would not comment on the circumstances surrounding the death.

Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Co. of Draper, Utah, is working on the bridge under a contract with the Montana Department of Transportation.


Information from: Great Falls Tribune,">

(3) comments


Falls on construction projects are avoidable with proper training, planning, and fall protection systems and equipment. Tragic accident; very sorry to hear of this unfortunate event.


lack of safety gear is foul play.


OSHA will have a field day with this one. Obviously some safety guidelines were not followed. Probably cutting corners to speed the job up to meet a State deadline. This is what happens and it is sad that companies do not put the safety of their employees before $$. I was a bridge carpenter with Tamietti for 4 years and I had to always be tied off over 8 feet off the ground. Where was the job steward or EOC Safety coordinator? Sounds like a huge lawsuit for the family of the lost individual. This could have been avoided for sure.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.