A 52-year-old man was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by ambulance yesterday after being struck on the head by a hammer which fell from scaffolding on South St Andrew Street at around 12.45.pm.

His condition is currently unknown.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been made aware of the incident and inquiries are ongoing.

A police spokesman said: “At 12.45pm today, a 52-year-old male pedestrian was struck on the head by a hammer that had fallen from scaffolding in South St Andrew Street.

“He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary by ambulance, where he remains for treatment.”