A crane hire company has been charged with corporate manslaughter following the death of a crane driver in a crash.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) bought the charges against Baldwins Crane Hire Ltd yesterday after the death of Lindsay Easton on 15 August 2011.
The CPS alleged that the brakes failed when Mr Easton was driving the crane on a steep road. The crane crashed into an earth bank and fell from the road.
The crash happened near a windfarm at Scout Moor in Lancashire. The company had been working on wind turbines in the area, the CPS said.
The CPS charged Baldwins Crane Hire Ltd corporate manslaughter and offences under sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The first hearing will take place in Burnley Magistrates’ Court.
Jane Wragg, specialist prosecutor in the special crime and counter terrorism division of the CPS, said: “I have carefully reviewed the evidence gathered by Lancashire Police and the Health and Safety Executive during their investigation into the tragic death of Lindsay Easton. I have concluded that Baldwins Crane Hire Limited should be charged with an offence of corporate manslaughter.
“I have also concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge the company Baldwins Crane Hire Limited with offences under Section 2 and Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.”
Ms Wragg added: “These decisions were taken in accordance with the Code of Crown Prosecutors. We have decided there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.”
Baldwins Crane Hire declined to comment.