Calls for Full Investigation into Queensferry Construction Death at Work

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Calls for Full Investigation into Queensferry Construction Death at Work

Calls for the Health and Safety Executive to conduct a full and prompt investigation into the tragic death today (Thursday) of a construction worker on the Queensferry Crossing over the Firth of Forth have been made by Unite, the UK’s biggest union.

The worker, who was employed by the Forth Crossing Road Consortium, was working a spider crane when the incident occurred. The 60-year-old man is understood to have been hit by the moving boom shortly after midday on the deck of the north tower. His death is thought to be the first fatality at the site where work began in 2011.

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 12.20 on Thursday and sadly, the man was pronounced dead a short time later. Another man on the bridge also sustained minor injuries.”

Unite has offered its profound condolences to the man’s family, saying that this was another reminder, coming as it did on International Workers’ Memorial Day, 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."

Work on the £1.4bn crossing has been stopped for investigations to take place. The bridge – ordered because of corrosion to a main cable over the existing Forth Road Bridge – is due for completion by the end of the year.

According to Health and Safety Executive figures 142 workers were killed at work in 2014/15 across the UK – the last year that full figures are available. 

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