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Construction worker killed on Queensferry Crossing

The man died after the incident on the £1.35bn bridge project shortly before midday.

A construction worker has been killed and another man has been injured on the Queensferry Crossing.

The incident happened on the decks attached to the north tower of the new bridge on Thursday.

The 60-year-old worker died after he was hit by the boom of a crane he was directing shortly before midday.

A second man was involved in the accident, however his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

He was taken by boat to the Hawes Pier at South Queensferry, where he was transferred onto an ambulance and taken to hospital.

Fatality: The section of the north tower where the accident is believed to have happened.
Fatality: The section of the north tower where the accident is believed to have happened. STV

It is the first fatality on the new Forth crossing since the Transport Scotland project started in 2011.

A total of 1200 people are currently working on the site, but more than 10,000 have been involved at various stages of the construction process.

Construction workers' union UCATT said it is understood the man was struck by the boom of a crane he was directing.

Union leaders said the death on Workers' Memorial Day was a poignant reminder of the dangers in the construction industry.

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."

A worker on the bridge, who asked not to be named, told STV News: "The safety record's been really good. Everyone's shattered."

A police 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.

"Inquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding this matter are ongoing."

A spokesperson for the Queensferry Crossing project said: "We are deeply saddened to have to confirm there was an incident just before noon on April 28 on the Queensferry Crossing's north tower in which a person has lost his life. One other person has been taken to hospital. All activity has been stopped at the north tower.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of our colleague and co-worker at this time."

An investigation will be carried out by the Health and Safety Executive.

Fatal: The incident took place at the north tower.
Fatal: The incident took place at the north tower. James Miller

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