Construction firms fined after Rossington worker hurt in scaffold collapse

HSE found the weight of just one pack of dry blocks distributed evenly over the platform would have taken it over the load limit - even without the men, tools or mortar on the platform. It was likely that the actual loading could have increased the danger as the blocks were all stacked towards one side of the platform.

HSE found the weight of just one pack of dry blocks distributed evenly over the platform would have taken it over the load limit - even without the men, tools or mortar on the platform. It was likely that the actual loading could have increased the danger as the blocks were all stacked towards one side of the platform.

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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.

 

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