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Roofing company fined over death

Roofing company Blackford Newbury has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety laws after a new worker was electrocuted while operating a lorry-driven crane.

The firm admitted breaching section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 after Anthony Milani, 26, was killed at West Horton Farm industrial estate, near Eastleigh on 14 August 2007 when the crane touched overhead power cables.

Formerly known as Harris Roofing Supplies Ltd, the company was fined £50,000 at Southampton Crown Court. It was also ordered to pay £20,000 in costs.

Mr Milani was employed as an HGV driver and warehouseman in April 2007 and shown how to use the Hiab crane by the senior warehouseman, who was not a competent trainer, according to the Health and Safety Executive.

He said Mr Milani had operated the crane at West Horton before the incident without any problems.

Signs at the West Horton site warning of overhead power cables had been removed several weeks before work started, the court heard. Mr Milani was delivering roofing materials at the site when the accident occurred.

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