Investigation launched after man dies working on new Queensferry Crossing

The man died in an incident on the new Queensferry Crossing. Picture: Ian Rutherford
The man died in an incident on the new Queensferry Crossing. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Police Scotland has launched an investigation after a man died and another was injured while working on the new forth crossing today (Thursday).

They were alerted to an incident around 12.20pm this afternoon, and a man was pronounced dead shortly after.

Another man sustained minor injuries.

Accoridng to construction industry union UCATT, a 60-year-old worker was killed after he was hit by the boom of a crane he was directing.

The worker suffered severe blood loss, he was taken off site but could not be resuscitated.

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.”

He added: “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 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 (April 28) 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.”