DESPERATE workers tried to save their young colleague after he plunged from a ladder to his death in Bearsden.

The 20-year-old man let out a moan as he hit the concrete platform at Bearsden Train Station on impact at around 10am on Tuesday.

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His colleagues then attempted to perform CPR while waiting on emergency services. But he died at the scene despite attempts to save him.

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Home Help worker Urmila Johnson, 48, from Westerton, said: “I was waiting on the other platform to pass the time because I was early for work. I was reading the newspaper facing away and then I heard a moan.

“I turned around and it looked like the young worker had fallen off the ladder.

“He was surrounded by other workers.”

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She added: “It is sad, he looked like a very young man. I thought he had just fell and hurt his back - but he was getting resuscitation from his work pals. But I could see they were not getting a response at all.”

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Transport minister Humza Yousaf paid tribute to the young worker on social media and offered assurances the incident will be investigated.

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.”

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Linbrooke Total Network Solutions confirmed that it was their employee who died. The worker was at the station on behalf on Network Rail.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “A colleague has tragically died following an accident at Bearsden station.

“We are working closely with the police to establish the exact circumstances of the incident and will carry out a full internal investigation.

“Railway staff affected by this incident will be fully supported through this difficult time and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the colleague we have lost.”

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Emergency services including British Transport Police, Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service remained at the scene yesterday to carry out investigations into the tragic incident, which is not being treated as suspicious.

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Police were seen coming out of the station holding a silver ladder which was taken into their van for evidence.

Network Rail and Scotrail workers were also on site with investigators focusing on the platform area as they gathered evidence.

Trains were back up and running at the Bearsden railway station after a delay.

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A British Transport Police spokesman said: “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.

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“A report will be made for the Procurator Fiscal.”