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    FATALITY: STRUCK BY CRANE ON BRIDGE PROJECT

    Workman died during lifting operations on Queensferry Crossing

    It has been reported that a 60 year-old workman has died in an incident at the Queensferry Crossing major construction project in Scotland on 28 April 2016.

    It is believed the death occurred just before 12pm in the area of the north tower of the new bridge.

    Reports suggest that workman died after he was struck by the “boom of a crane he was directing”. He suffered severe blood loss and was rushed off site but could not be resuscitated.

    Another workman was taken to hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

    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 and sadly, the man was pronounced dead a short time later. Another manon the bridge also sustained minor injuries. Enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding this matter are ongoing.”

    Longest three tower cable-stayed bridge in world

    The Queensferry Crossing is due to open in 2016 and forms the centerpiece of a major upgrade to the cross-Forth transport corridor in the east of Scotland.

    The 1.7 miles (2.7km) structure will be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and also by far the largest to feature cables which cross mid-span. The design provides extra strength and stiffness, allowing the towers and the deck to be more slender and elegant.

    In total, the overall Forth Replacement Crossing scheme is 13.7 miles (22km) long, including major motorway upgrades to the north and south of the bridge and also the first ever use in Scotland of variable mandatory speed limits to smooth traffic congestion via an Intelligent Transport System.

     

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