Ladder death at Bearsden station

A 20-year-old worker has died after falling off a ladder at Bearsden station near Glasgow.

A statement from British Transport Police said, “Shortly before 10am this morning (05/06) officers were called to Bearsden station.

“Initial reports suggested that the person had fallen from scaffolding at the station, however it is now believed to be a ladder.

“Police and paramedics from the Scottish Ambulance Service attended, despite their best efforts a 20-year-old man could not be saved.

“Officers remain on scene and are making enquiries to establish how the man came to fall, however the circumstances are not believed to be suspicious. A report will be made for the Procurator Fiscal.”

The man’s family have been informed, police said.

Linbrooke Total Network Solutions released an initial statement on its website confirming that a member of its staff had been involved in an incident at Bearsden station.

Following the incident, trade union Unite Scotland released the following statement: “Unite Scotland wishes to say our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of this young worker. How many more workers have to die in the workplace and in particular the construction industry, before stronger action is taken to protect workers?

“It is heartbreaking that a 20-year-old young man with his whole life ahead of him, left to go to work this morning and will not return home to his loved ones. Unite Scotland have repeatedly called for greater enforcement and regulation in the construction industry including stronger health and safety standards.

“According to the Health and Safety Executive, of the 196 fatalities in the five years to 2016/17 in Great Britain, 49% were due to falls from a height in the industry. In 2016/17 of the 137 workers killed arising from accidents at work in Great Britain, 30 of those were in the construction industry which had the highest level of any industrial sector.”