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Firm fined after fishtank falls from forklift

10th December 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

A Manchester firm has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after an employee was crushed by a 200kg fishtank, losing a leg in the process.

Alloy Bodies Ltd, of Miles Platting in Manchester, usually builds trailers for lorries. However, the firm’s bespoke services department had been instructed to construct the tank for one of its directors.

The two-metre-wide tank was being loaded onto a van using a forklift truck when it fell onto a 59-year-old employee.

The tank was not secured to a pallet, and although the workers struggled to lift it onto the fan they took no action to prevent an accident.

The employee had to have one leg amputated, and pins surgically inserted into his other. He now has a prosthetic limb, and has been unable to return to work.

Alloy Bodies pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay £56,621 in costs.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801670566-ADNFCR


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