Firm Sentenced After Employee Loses Leg Following Fish Tank Fall

Firm Sentenced After Employee Loses Leg Following Fish Tank Fall

A Manchester firm have been ordered to pay almost £90000 in fines and costs after a worker was crushed under a giant fish tank that fell off a forklift truck.
The 59-year-old from Middleton who has asked to remain anonymous suffered two broken legs in the incident and doctors had to amputate his right leg below the knee because of the extent of his injuries.
Alloy Bodied Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an investigation which found that the work had not been planned supervised or carried out safely.
Over a six-day trial Manchester Crown Court heard that the company manufactures lorry trailers but that its bespoke services department had built a two-metre-wide fish tank for one of the directors of the firm.
The tank which weighed around 200 kilograms was in the process of being loaded into the back of a van on 1 June 2010 when it fell from the forklift truck and crushed the worker.
The court was told that the fish tank was not secured to a pallet before it was lifted and workers then struggled to load it onto the van because of its size.
As well as having part of his right leg amputated the 59-year-old had to have a pin fitted into his left leg. The worker now has a prosthetic limb and is still unable to go back to work over three years after the incident.
Alloy Bodies Ltd of Clifton Street Miles Platting was today (9 December 2013) fined £30000 and ordered to pay £56621 in costs after being found guilty of a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

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