A ship repair firm has been ordered to pay nearly £100,000 after a crane driver was crushed to death by a falling three-tonne anchor. Kevin Watson, from Redcar, Cleveland, died while working for A&P Tees at Middlesbrough Dry Dock in 2009.
The father-of-two was hooking an anchor with a chain when it fell on his chest, causing fatal injuries. A verdict of accidental death was recorded during his inquest a year ago.
Despite being a highly qualified crane driver, the 51-year-old was not qualified to deal with anchors and chains from ships, even though he regularly did so. At Teesside Crown Court yesterday (FRI), Judge John Walford ordered A&P Tees to pay a fine of £75,000 along with £23,500 costs.
The jury has been sent out to consider its verdicts in the trial of a man accused of grooming, abducting and having sex with a 14-year-old Scottish schoolgirl.Sean Clode, 21, from Hartlepool, denies the charges against him.The case has been heard at Teesside Crown Court.
A man accused of grooming, abducting a child and having sex with a 14-year-old girl has been giving evidence at his trial.
Sean Clode, who denies the charges, told the jury that he was not prepared for the Scottish teenager to turn up on his doorstep and that he planned to keep the girl safe and get her home as soon as possible.