Incident leaves one dead and another in hospital
A construction worker on the Queensferry Crossing in Edinburgh has died and another is in hospital following an incident at the site yesterday.
The men were working for main contractor Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC), a consortium of Galliford Try subsidiary Morrison Construction, Dragados, Hochtief and American Bridge International.
A spokesperson for the 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.”
The Health and Safety Executive said it was aware of the incident and is currently working on site with Police Scotland.
Police Scotland said full enquiries to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing.
The death happened on International Workers’ Memorial Day. Union Unite offered its condolences and said the incident served as a reminder that construction remains one of the most dangerous industries in the UK.
Pat Rafferty, Unite’s Scottish Secretary, said: “Our thoughts are with the deceased’s family to whom we offer our profound condolences.
“Once again, a loved one has gone to work and will not return home. That is hard to swallow any day but on today of all days, on international Workers’ Memorial Day, when we remember those who have perished at work, this loss is especially poignant.
“We call on the Scottish Health and Safety Executive to thoroughly investigate what has happened here.”