Baldwins Industrial Services is being prosecuted by the UK government’s Health & Safety Executive after one of its cranes toppled while preparing for a night lift, sending the jib and hookblock through the roof of a house and only narrowly missing a sleeping nine year old girl.

The accident happened at 2.45am on 28 June 1998 in west London as the crane was preparing to lift a platform at Boston Manor railway station.

None of the occupants of the house were hurt in the accident.

Also charged with breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act are Tilbury Douglas Construction, the main contractor responsible for the site, and the client which commissioned the work, London Underground. The case is due to be heard on 14 April.