Queensferry Crossing death caused by worker

A construction worker who died on the Queensferry Crossing was hit by a 550kg crane jib after he removed a pin securing it, a sheriff has determined.

Friday, 12th January 2018, 7:19 pm
Updated Friday, 12th January 2018, 7:40 pm
John Cousin died following an accident during construction of the Queensferry Crossing. Picture: TSPL

John Cousin, 62, from Hexham, was killed in April 2016 in what Sheriff William Gilchrist called a “tragic accident”.

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He recommended an assessment of whether new safety warnings should be put on cranes.

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Mr Cousin was standing in front of the crane when the fly jib fell on him.

Sheriff Gilchrist said the accident was caused by Mr Cousin “removing a central pin which was holding a fly jib onto the boom arm of a...crane, causing the fly jib to fall to the ground, striking [him] on the head and body”.

He recommended that warnings be considered for “certain operations”.