An accident at work saw a giant fish tank topple off a forklift truck, crushing a male worker, a court has been told this week.
The man’s firm, Alloy Bodies Ltd, got a fine of £30,000 at Manchester Crown Court on Monday 9th December.
The unnamed 59-year-old from Middleton broke both of his legs in the incident back on June 1st, 2010. The man later had to have his right leg amputated under the knee and a pin inserted into his left leg.
He now has a prosthetic limb and still cannot return to work, more than three years after the accident.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted the business after an investigation found the work had not been planned, supervised, or undertaken safely.
The work accident occurred when a tank was being lifted into a van.
The tank, which weighed about 200 kilograms (31.5st), was not secured to a pallet before being lifted. Workers struggled to load it into the van due to its size, the court was told.
It toppled from the forklift truck and hit the employee.
The firm constructs lorry trailers, but its bespoke services department had made a two-metre-wide (6ft 6in) fish tank for one of its directors.
HSE Inspector Alex Farnhill labelled the accident “an entirely preventable incident”.
Alloy Bodies Ltd, of Miles Platting, Manchester, also paid £56,621 costs after being found guilty of a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
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(Copyright Press Association 2013)
Date Published: December 12, 2013
Author: David Brown