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Man dies after fall while working on bridge

2011-07-13T11:32:00Z Man dies after fall while working on bridgeThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 13, 2011 11:32 am  • 

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The Great Falls Tribune reports the man was working on a $24 million project to replace the outdated bridge on U.S. Highway 2 near East Glacier.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

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  1. hatrack71
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    hatrack71 - July 18, 2011 6:27 am
    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.
  2. wonkerbean
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    wonkerbean - July 13, 2011 4:40 pm
    lack of safety gear is foul play.
  3. abodox33
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    abodox33 - July 13, 2011 11:51 am
    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.

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