HSE to prosecute 2017 tower crane incident
The UK Health and Safety Executive – HSE – has said that it will bring a prosecution against Falcon Tower Crane Services, following the "collapse" /overturn of one of its cranes in Crewe, Cheshire in June 2017 in which three men lost their lives. See: Fatal tower crane overturn in UK
Rhys Barker, 18, from Castleford, David Newall, 36, from Bradford, and David Webb, 43, from Northampton, all died following the incident at a construction site on Dunwoody Way on 21 June that year.
Falcon Tower Crane Services Limited is accused of breaching Section 2(1) and Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
The statement from the HSE said: “The charges follow a long and complex investigation by HSE. A Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing is due to take place at Chester Crown Court on 6th of October 2023.”
Falcon Press statement
Falcon Tower Cranes Services is a safety conscious and well-run company. It has a culture driven by safety. Its directors and management put safety at the heart of all its operations.
The company, its management and staff have been deeply affected by it and the company has done all it can to provide support to the families of those who have suffered, and our thoughts remain with them.
The company has throughout this long investigation co-operated fully with all authorities and has been determined to understand fully the causes of this tragic accident.
We are disappointed now that the HSE has chosen to prosecute the company for what it considered to be a health and safety breach arising out of this incident.
The company takes this matter very seriously and will be vigorously contesting the charge it faces