The Health and Safety Executive has begun an investigation looking into the death of a Cleveland Bridge employee at a site in Darlington.
The incident happened just before noon on Tuesday while the electrician, who was in his 50s, was working at the steel contractor’s Yarm Road facility.
The Northern Echo reported that the man died while working in the vicinity of an overhead travelling crane at the site.
The worker was described as critically ill when taken to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and later died in hospital.
An investigation has begun and three HSE inspectors have already visited the Darlington site.
A silence was held by workers at the site on Wednesday in memory of the worker.
A statement from Cleveland Bridge said: “Cleveland Bridge is a close-knit community.
“Everyone within the company is deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues’ family, friends and co-workers.
“We offer them all our deepest sympathies and support at this very sad time.
“Our HR team is working to support our staff who that have been affected by this accident.
“The company has an excellent safety record, and health and safety is a key priority throughout all of our operations.
“A thorough internal investigation of the incident has already been instigated and we are working closely with, and fully supporting, the Health and Safety Executive in its review.”