A 52-year-old construction worker died after an incident at a building site in Annan yesterday morning.
Police were alerted that a man had been struck by a falling mast at Hallmeadow Place at around 9.45am.
Emergency services raced to the site but the worker was pronounced dead at the scene.
A spokesperson for Ashleigh Building said: “We are devastated to confirm a fatality on our Hallmeadow, Annan site this morning.
“Whilst full details are still to be established, our immediate thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of the operative involved.
“The wellbeing of anybody working on our sites is absolutely paramount to us.”
The site was immediately closed pending investigations by police and officials from the Health and Safety Executive.
The Ashleigh spokesman added: “We are working with the all of the relevant authorities in this regard.
“We have closed the site to allow the investigation to be concluded.”
A police spokesman said: “Enquiries into the incident will be carried out alongside the Health and Safety Executive. A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”
Fire and ambulance crews responded to the emergency call after the police had been alerted.
The Health and Safety Executive confirmed it is aware of the situation.
A HSE spokesperson said: “We have been made aware of an incident at a house build site at Hallmeadow Place, Annan and are currently attending the site to assist Police Scotland with the investigation.”