Thirty stone Graeme Ivison has been dismissed by his employers because he was too fat to do his job at the Sellafield reprocessing plant.
Ivison, aged 27 was employed as a health physics monitor.
Speaking to the Telegraph a spokesperson for parent company, British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL) said:
“His contract was terminated because he was too overweight to complete tasks essential to his role. He couldn’t fit through the turnstiles. He couldn’t even fit into his decontamination suit.”
Ivison is appealing against the decision and says that when he was employed he was of a similar size.
BNFL declined to comment further to HRZone. In an official statement they said:
“We can confirm that we have terminated the contract of employment of an employee based at Sellafield on the grounds that they were unable to carry out tasks essential to their role. We have had to take this action as there were no other suitable alternative roles available. This is a matter between the individual and the Company and we do not feel it is appropriate to comment further.”