Worker killed in bridge tragedy

A worker died in an accident on the Queensferry Crossing construction site
A worker died in an accident on the Queensferry Crossing construction site

Investigations are underway after a worker died following an accident at the site of the new Queensferry Crossing.

It is understood the 60-year-old man suffered fatal injuries just before noon when he was hit by the boom of a crane he was directing on the north tower.

Another man was injured and taken to hospital but his injuries are reported as minor.

All work on the £1.4 billion project, which is due to be completed by the end of the year, was immediately halted.

A fleet of small boats was used to shuttle workers from all three towers to the shore.

It is believed a boat brought the fatally injured man to shore at Hawes Pier where he was transferred to hospital by ambulance.

The Health and Safety Executive attended the scene, along with the police.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We are currently working alongside our partner agencies to investigate an incident on the Queensferry Crossing Bridge that resulted in a man sustaining fatal injuries.

“The call was received around 12.20pm on Thursday and, sadly, the man was pronounced dead a short time later.

“Another man on the bridge also sustained minor injuries.

“Enquiries to establish

the full circumstances surrounding this matter are ongoing.”

An eyewitness said: “I was first made aware of it when I saw ambulances on the RNLI pier under the railway bridge. There were police, ambulances and coast guards.”

Harry Frew, regional secretary for UCATT Scotland, said: “UCATT sends its sincere condolences to the family of the worker who has suffered this tragic accident. It is impossible to imagine how they must be feeling.

“UCATT will be doing everything it can to find out how and why this accident occurred and to ensure that similar fatalities are prevented in the future.”