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A cargo container accident at the Port of Tilbury in Essex caused a pensioner to have both of his legs amputated.
William James was crushed when a cargo container was unintentionally lowered onto him while he worked for Stanton Grove at the Port in March 2010.
At the time of the accident the 73-year-old was heading back to a safety point under a quayside crane when he was knocked over by a container being lowered by a reach stacker. The controller of this machinery did not realise Mr. James was underneath the equipment and continued to lower the 45ft container on top of him.
An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found that Stanton Grove had put insufficient measures in place to ensure the employee's safety.
Toni Drury of the HSE commented, "This accident clearly demonstrates why it's essential that the risk arising from the movement of vehicles and large lifting plant at docks is carefully managed."
It is expected that Mr. James will claim compensation for amputation from his employers' liability insurance company, as it is his legal right to do so.
Both legs amputated after accident at work
A pensioner is entitled to claim compensation after an accident at work which was not his fault, led to him having both of his legs amputated.
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