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Work to resume on Don bridge project following death of worker

Ian Walker died at the scene
Ian Walker died at the scene

Work on the Third Don Crossing will resume on Monday after it was suspended following the tragic death of a worker.

Ian Walker, 58, from Dundee died on Wednesday at the Danestone site, north of the river.

Paramedics were called following the accident at about 4.45pm, but Mr Walker was pronounced dead at the scene.

The site was closed as a mark of respect on Thursday and yesterday diggers and machines stood still at the new bridge crossing.

Contractors Balfour Beatty said it was working with police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as investigations continue.

A spokesman for the construction firm said: “Following the tragic fatality which occurred on Wednesday, January 13, on the Third Don Crossing construction project, Balfour Beatty stood down all works on site.

“We can confirm that works will recommence on Monday, January 18.

“Our deepest sympathies are with our colleague’s family, friends and co-workers at this time.

“We are liaising with Police Scotland and the HSE to support their investigations and while these continue it would not be appropriate to comment further.”

Balfour Beatty was awarded the contract for the bridge in June 2014.

The £18million crossing will link the Parkway in Bridge of Don at the Whitestripes Road junction with Tilly Drone Avenue and up to St Machar Drive.

Yesterday, an HSE spokesman said that it was assisting police with the preliminary investigation.

He said the safety body could not comment further at this time.

Work on the site started in 2014 and should have finished in December.

The Third Don Crossing is not expected to be complete until March.

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