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HALIFAX, N.S. — A.W. Leil Cranes and Equipment Ltd. has been fined under Nova Scotia’s Occupational Health and Safety Act for failure to maintain a motor vehicle.

The Thorburn, N.S. company Thursday pleaded guilty in provincial court to allowing a tractor-trailer to operate with faulty brakes and failing to ensure it was safe to operate on a public highway.

It was fined $20,000. It also agreed to spend an additional $15,000 to advertise that it had been convicted, and donate $15,000 to provincial highway safety programs.

A.W. Leil was charged after a September 1997 accident killed the truck’s 38-year-old driver, Allan MacLean. He lost control of the tractor-trailer after its brakes failed while driving down hill.

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