A workman fell about 30 feet down an elevator shaft Friday morning while working at Montana Hall, Montana State University reported.

The man was able to walk away after the fall, but he was taken by ambulance to the emergency room at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital for evaluation, said MSU spokesman Michael Becker. The call for help came in to dispatchers just after 9 a.m.

MSU’s safety and risk management team is looking into what happened, Becker said, adding he didn’t know if the worker was using a harness or any other safety gear. Safety gear is the responsibility of the construction company, he said.

Crews have been working for months to install the first elevator in historic, 121-year-old Montana Hall and to put in handicapped-accessible bathrooms.

Becker said the name of the worker wasn’t released to protect his privacy. No information was available on his condition.

R&R Taylor Construction was hired as the general contractor for the $2 million project. Work began in July 2018 and was originally predicted to be finished by January this year but is now slated for completion by July. The east side of Montana Hall has been fenced off during construction.

Gail Schontzler can be reached at gails@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2633. Follow her on Twitter @gailnews.

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