Crane Accidents

Crane Claims

05/27/04

Canada

TWO of the widows of the HSBC crane tragedy will face their husbands’ former employer in court.

Melanie Whittard and Alison Clarke and accident survivor Gareth Hetherington will meet Hewden Tower Cranes at the Royal Courts of Justice next year.

Mick Whittard, Peter Clarke and Martin Burgess fell 450ft when the crane they were working on for Hewden Tower Cranes at HSBC’s Canada Square HQ collapsed on May 21, 2000. Last week Mr Burgess’s partner Janine Wood settled her claim out of court for up to £1million.

Lawyers for Mrs Clarke, Mrs Whittard and Mr Hetherington, Andrew Bentley, said: “The settlement offers made to my clients are insufficient and have been rejected on the basis of merit.”

The trial has been set for January.

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