Glasgow & West Scotland

Worker dies in Bearsden Station ladder fall

Police officer at station

A 20-year-old man has died after falling from a ladder at a railway station in East Dunbartonshire.

The emergency services were called to Bearsden Station shortly before 10:00 after reports a worker had been seriously injured.

British Transport Police (BTP) said the man died despite the efforts of paramedics at the scene.

The incident resulted in the station being closed, causing disruption to local services.

A BTP spokesman said: "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.

"The man's family have been informed and are being support by officers.

"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."

Police at the scene described the incident as an industrial accident and said it was being investigated by Health and Safety Executive officials.

'Simply awful'

Scotland's Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said safety on the railway was paramount.

Writing on Twitter, he said: "This is simply awful. My thoughts with the family and friends of the individual concerned, what tragic news.

"Clearly the incident will be thoroughly investigated, must ensure safety on our railways is paramount, be this for workers, commuters and passengers."

ScotRail said trains between Milngavie and Westerton were now running normally following disruption to services through Bearsden.

A statement said: "Services are returning to normal now, and trains will begin to call at Bearsden again.

"There may still be some short notice cancellations whilst we try to get trains and crews back into the correct position ASAP."