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Job record of bin lorry crash man is queried

By Lucy Christie

Published 15/08/2015

The scene in Glasgow's George Square after a bin lorry crashed in the city centre and killed six people
The scene in Glasgow's George Square after a bin lorry crashed in the city centre and killed six people

A First Bus manager has been challenged over the Glasgow bin lorry crash driver's "misleading" record of employment, which made no mention of a catalogue of absences.

Harry Clarke (58) worked for the bus company prior to his job at Glasgow City Council and the accident on December 22 last year that claimed six lives. A First Bus employee exit form completed for Mr Clarke at the end of December 2010 stated he had no attendance issues, despite having taken 26 sick days that year.

The document, shown to a fatal accident inquiry at Glasgow Sheriff Court, said he was suitable for re-employment even though he had been the subject of final warnings over his absences while working for the company.

Operations manager Francis McCann (59), who said he did not remember if he completed the exit form himself, was pressed over the document by Peter Gray QC, acting for the council, who told him: "You didn't do your job properly, did you? Anyone looking at this form would be utterly misled, wouldn't they?" The First Bus manager denied that was the case.

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