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Two workers die after falls from rail bridges

28 Jan 10 Two construction workers have died after falls from the Forth Bridge and the Tay Rail Bridge, within 10 hours of each other.

Two construction workers have died after falls from the Forth Bridge and the Tay Rail Bridge, within 10 hours of each other.

A member of the Forth Bridge painting team, a subcontractor to Balfour Beatty, fell about 150ft from a ladder onto scaffolding below the railway. The incident occurred just before 2100 on Wednesday, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another worker died after falling onto a ledge while working on the Tay Bridge, at about 640 on Thursday.

David Simpson, Network Rail Scotland route director, said: "These tragic events have deeply shocked and saddened everyone linked to these projects.

"Such events have become extremely rare in the last decade as a result of rigorous safety regimes on both bridges. An investigation into the causes of these accidents is already underway."
 

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