Crane operator fined over man's death in Liverpool

Mark Thornton
Image caption Mark Thornton was crushed to death

A crane operator has been fined £2,500 after a man was crushed to death when a crane overturned in Liverpool.

Mark Thornton, 46, of Longridge in Preston, was killed at the Wavertree Business Park on 29 March 2007.

Frederick Scott, of Ellesmere Port on Merseyside, admitted health and safety breaches at Liverpool Crown Court.

Bryn Thomas Crane Hire, from north Wales, admitted the same charges and was fined £4,500. It went into administration last year.

The case of a third firm, Siteweld construction, was adjourned until 10 June.

Mr Thornton had been helping to construct a new floor on a warehouse when he was crushed by the 50-tonne crane.

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