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Here's somewhere you wouldn't want to be on a night like this! This is a photograph of steel worker James McKinley working on the incomplete Forth Road Bridge. In the background can be seen the Rail Bridge and the pier of North Queensferry.

The men working on both Forth bridges took enormous risks, working at height above the freezing waters of the Firth of Forth and often in strong winds and rain. However, by the time the road bridge was under construction, more precautions were taken; whereas 60 men died working on the Rail bridge, the deathtoll on the road bridge was 7. As we see in this photograph, at times workers on the bridge threw caution to the wind for that perfect photograph pose!

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