Name Released Of Bridge Death Man

5 May 2016, 18:14

The construction worker who died on the site of the new Queensferry Crossing has been formally named by police.

John Cousin, 62, from Northumberland, was reportedly struck by the boom of a crane he was directing on the north tower deck at about midday on Thursday April 28.

Another man also suffered minor injuries in the incident.

Construction on the £1.4 billion bridge across the Firth of Forth started in 2011 and the death was the first fatality at the site.

Confirming the worker's identity, Police Scotland said in a statement: "His family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and support at this sad time.

"Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are continuing their inquiries into the circumstances that led to his death.''

The bridge is due to open to traffic in December.

Work is usually carried out on the project 24 hours a day and seven days a week by different shifts. The construction site was, however, closed for three days after the incident as a mark of respect for the worker who lost his life.

The bridge is the largest construction project in Scotland and was ordered by the Scottish Government due to concerns over the future of the Forth Road Bridge connecting Fife and Edinburgh.

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