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INQUEST: MOBILE CRANE COLLAPSE

Director points Coroner to malfunctioning crane safety device

It has been reported (17th Oct) by the Camden New Journal that St Pancras Coroner’s Court has heard how an “overloaded crane” toppled and caused the death, of carpenter Craig Page on London construction project in March 2009.

The crane was lifting a skip filled with concrete at the time of the incident.

A director of Harris Calnan Construction Co. Ltd told the inquest:

“I am responsible. As the director of the company, the buck stops with me. The crane was picked because there was a lot of safety features on it. My belief is the safety device didn’t work.”

The coroner recorded a verdict of “accidental death” after instructing a jury that the ongoing dispute between two companies over whether the crane alarm system was working was unlikely to be resolved.

The inquest follows the prosecution of Harris Calnan Construction Co. Ltd and director Neil Harris in January 2012.

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