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Operator fined over crane collapse

A crane hire company has been fined £100,000 following the collapse of a 61m tower crane onto a hotel beside a south London construction site.

At the Old Baily, Select Plant Hire Company, of Dartford, Kent admitted at the Old Bailey breaching Health and Safety regulations in 2007.

The court heard that essential bolts had not been used to secure the cab during the operation to extend the crane’s mast.

Workers had not been trained to adjust that particular model of crane, had misunderstood a diagram in the manual and a safety inspector was not there to supervise, the court heard.

Judge Anthony Morris said that John Young, 39, who was in the cab, “would almost inevitably have been killed” had its fall not been broken by the hotel roof.

Young, of Newhaven, East Sussex, suffered multiple fractures and was trapped for hours hanging through the ceiling of one of the rooms of the Croydon Park Hotel.

He was in a body brace for 10 weeks, is still in pain and suffers nightmares. Other workers had been left scrambling for their lives.

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