A CONRETE firm boss has been found not guilty of killing an employee who was crushed by a cement mixer truck.

A jury at Chelmsford Crown Court acquitted Simon Bromley, 45, of the manslaughter of Lee Balkwell.

Mr Balkwell, then 33, was found dead under the drum of a cement mixer at Baldwin’s Farm, in Dennises Lane, in South Ockendon, about 1am on July 18, 2002.

Bromley was found guilty of a second charge of failing to ensure the health and safety of his employee.

He will return to court to be sentenced tomorrow.