April 28, 2016

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Construction worker killed on Queensferry crossing

A 60-year-old construction worker has died after an incident on the Queensferry Crossing near Edinburgh in Scotland.

The man is understood to have been hit by a moving boom on a Giraffe crane at about 12:20 on the deck of the north tower.

It is reported that he suffered severe blood loss and was unable to be resuscitated.

Another man is reported to have been injured.

Work on the bridge has stopped for investigations to take place.

The £1.4bn bridge was due to be completed by the end of the year, and was ordered by ministers because of corrosion at the main suspension cable on the Forth Road Bridge.

Work began in 2011 and this death is understood to be the first fatality at the site.

A Forth Replacement Crossing spokesman said: “We are deeply saddened to have to confirm there was an incident just before noon on 28 April 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.”

Harry Frew, Ucatt Scottish regional secretary, told the BBC Scotland news website: “We were just on our way back from a Workers’ Memorial Day ceremony in Glasgow Green to commemorate workers who have been killed at work when we heard the news.

“I am very saddened about this tragedy and our thoughts are with his family.”

The police are working to investigate the incident on the crossing, and inquiries are ongoing.

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