A construction worker on the Queensferry Crossing has been killed and another injured this afternoon.
According to reports, the man was hit by the moving boom on a crane on the deck of the north tower. At least a dozen cranes are being used on the £790M mega scheme in Edinburgh.
A spokesman for Transport Scotland said works on the north tower were suspended immediately following the incident. Workers in other areas at the site were subsequently sent home.
Construction work is expected to resume tomorrow, excluding the north tower area where investigations are underway.
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 (28 April) 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.”
The news is a poignant reminder of the importance of onsite safety and comes as organisations around the world mark Workers Memorial Day in memory of those who lose their lives every year in workplace accidents.