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Construction firms fined after workers hurt in scaffold collapse

A house builder and a scaffolding company have been fined after two bricklayers were hurt falling from an unsafe scaffold.

Lincoln Magistrates’ Court heard the two men, who have asked not to be named, were working for Persimmon Homes Ltd on a development site in Ploughman’s Lane, Bunkers Hill, Lincoln, when the incident happened on 4 April 2012.

They were about to start work on a scaffold platform six metres from the ground, which had been loaded with materials. Just as they started work, the scaffold collapsed and they fell around two metres on to a platform below.

One, a 62-year-old from Rossington, South Yorkshire, broke his left foot. He was unable to work for nine weeks. The second, 29, also of Rossington, bruised his neck and twisted his knee. He missed one day of work.

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