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    CRANE HIRE COMPANY FINE REDUCED ON APPEAL

    Judge responds to crane firm plea over fine and payment period

    It has been reported by the Dorset Echo that South Coast Crane Hire Ltd (SCCH) has successfully appealed against the fine and time to pay imposed by a court in 2012.

    The company had been ordered to pay £10,000 by Weymouth Magistrates in November 2012 after admitting an offence arising from a crane overturning incident in 2009. The company hiring the crane, JR Pickstock Ltd, was also prosecuted by HSE.

    SCCH admitted breaching Regulation 8(1)c of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £10,000. R Pickstock Ltd admitted breaching Regulation 23(1)a of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and was fined £16,000.

    At Dorchester Crown Court (6th Feb) lawyers representing SCCH argued successfully that JR Pickstock Ltd would pay little more despite a vast difference in the the turnover of the companies. 

    Judge Jarvis reduced the SCCH fine to £8,000 adding that JR Pickwick was ‘lucky’ it had not faced a more substantial fine which a crown court could have imposed. SCCH was given an additional 12 months to pay.

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