A man who survived a leg amputation following a crush injury in a forklift accident later died of heart complications linked to the incident. 

Thomas Brady, 63, from Beech Road, Arklow, Co Wicklow was a diabetic, making him much more vulnerable as a patient, Dublin Coroner's Court heard. 

Mr Brady survived a traumatic crush injury after the hydraulics failed on a forklift he was working on. He suffered severe cuts to the top and side of his left foot. 

The accident happened at the rear of his home on 23 July 2016. 

He was airlifted to Tallaght Hospital and doctors noted that three of his toes had been partially cut off in the accident and they carried out a partial amputation of his left foot. 

However, Mr Brady developed sepsis and his medical team later conducted a below the knee amputation on 5 August. 

He remained in hospital but died there on 15 August 2016. 

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as acute cardiac insufficiency secondary to coronary artery disease as a consequence of left knee amputation following a traumatic injury to the left foot.

Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane said Mr Brady had appeared to be "on the mend." The surgical wound was clean with no evidence of sepsis, the court heard.

"He was unfortunate because he got through the worst of the surgery and the infection; he seemed to be on the mend. An insulin diabetic is a more vulnerable patient than many other patients. Over the years it does a tiny bit of damage every year, in particular to circulation and to the heart," Dr Cullinane said. 

"He had very severe heart disease. The heart goes into an abnormal rhythm and stops beating and they weren't able to restore circulation. It happened because of everything he'd been through in the previous weeks, the injury, the operation, the infection," Dr Cullinane said, returning a verdict of accidental death.