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    CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER TRIAL OF CRANE FIRM

    Driver died when 125-tonne vehicle careered down hill

    It has been reported by the Lancashire Telegraph that the trial Baldwins Crane Hire Ltd of Slough has heard that a crane driver died when a 125-tonne vehicle careered down a hill at Europe’s largest wind farm. The report states that the driver had “predicted poor maintenance would be the death of him”.

    Preston Crown Court was told that the driver, Lindsay Easton, died whilst driving the mobile crane down a zig-zag slope from Scout Moor, at Edenfield, in August 2011. Mr Easton negotiated the first corner but failed to handle a second bend and the vehicle crashed into banking where Mr Eaton died in the vehicle cab.

    Prosecution alleges problems with braking system

    The prosecution is reported to have told the court that investigators found problems with four of the five braking systems.

    Baldwins Crane Hire Ltd are accused of the corporate manslaughter of Mr Easton in a prosecution brought by Lancashire Police.

    Andrew Thomas QC for the Crown told the court that subsequent checks of the defendants seven-strong heavy crane fleet found that “75 per cent required significant repairs and/or replacement parts of braking systems”.

    Jurors were told that Mr Easton had resigned his employment previously “amid concerns over the maintenance record” of the company cranes.

    Baldwins Crane Hire Ltd have denied all charges.

    The trial continues. IMPORTANT UPDATE – FIRM CONVICTED 30 NOVEMBER 2015

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