CALLS have been made for a “full and prompt” inquiry into the death of a construction worker killed on the site of the new Queensferry Crossing.
It is understood the man, 60, was hit on the head by the moving boom of a spider crane.
Another worker sustained “minor injuries” during the incident on the north tower deck, which occurred around noon yesterday.
Work has stopped for investigations to take place. The bridge is due for completion by the end of the year.
Construction workers’ union UCATT said the man had suffered “severe blood loss” after being struck. They said he was taken off site but could not be resuscitated.
Work on the new £1.4 billion crossing started in 2011 and the death is thought to be the first fatality at the site.
Union leaders said the death on Workers’ Memorial Day was a poignant reminder of the dangers in the construction industry and urged the Health and Safety Executive to conduct a comprehensive investigation to safeguard the safetly of workers on the bridge.
UCATT regional secretary Harry Frew said: “We send sincere condolences to the family of the worker who has suffered this tragic accident. It is impossible to imagine how they must be feeling.”
“We 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.”
Pat Rafferty, Unite’s Scottish secretary, said: “Once again, a loved one has gone to work and will not return home.
“We call on the Scottish Health and Safety Executive to thoroughly investigate what has happened here.”
The new bridge was ordered by ministers because of corrosion of the main suspension cable on the Forth Road Bridge from Fife to Edinburgh.
A Forth Replacement Crossing spokesman said: “We are deeply saddened to have to confirm there was an incident on 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.
A Police Scotland spokesman last night 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 and, sadly, the man was pronounced dead a short time later. Another man on the bridge also sustained minor injuries. Inquiries to establish the full circumstances are ongoing.”