Matthew Cranch who died in a tragic accident
director of a stunt firm has been given a 12-month community order following
prosecution by Maidstone Council after an employee died in a stunt that went
Cranch, 24, suffered multiple injuries after being fired into the air out of a
cannon into a safety net that failed to support him as he hurtled to the
director Scott May,40, pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches along with
a guilty plea for his company Stunts UK Ltd. In addition to the community order
that included 150 hours of unpaid work the company was fined £100,000.
prosecution and defence agreed that sentencing should be referred to Crown
Court. Costs were set at £80,000.
was mounted on the back of a lorry during a stunt show at the Kent County
Showground in April 2011. During the case the court heard that the net was
supported by poles and anchored to the truck supporting the cannon. But when
the vehicle recoiled under the force of the blast the net became detached and
so was lying on the ground when Mr Cranch landed.
Watson, prosecuting on behalf of Maidstone Borough Council told the court: ‘In
a nutshell the prosecution’s case concerns failures in regard to the operation
and design of the mechanism, training of staff and risk assessment.’
who lived in Newquay, Cornwall, had performed the act five times before and had
joined the stunt team around four weeks before his death.
mitigation Tanya Robinson said that hard working family man Mr May was ‘truly
sorry’ to Mr Cranch’s relatives and that following the tragedy he was not sure
whether he wanted to carry on with the business.