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    :: Saturday, March 10, 2007 ::

    Firms fined for scaffold collapse - BBC NEWS | UK
    A health and safety inspection revealed that the scaffolding in Palmerston Place was secured to the building by only one tie.

    Advocate Gavin Anderson, appearing for AAA Scaffolding, said the company's owner Scott Lawrie had failed to give adequate instructions on securing the scaffolding.

    Mr Anderson said there was a suspicion that the workers were anxious to do the work as quickly as possible because of the New Year holiday.

    Solicitor Clare Bone, acting for Stone Tec, said Mr Scott had not checked the scaffolding properly.

    'He simply asked people how the scaffolding felt,' she said.

    She added that there appeared to be an insufficiency of training and knowledge about scaffolding industry-wide.
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