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Partners fined for scaffolding fall

Two partners from Select Estates have been fined after two men were left injured following a building site scaffolding collapse.

Roofers Billy Smith and Ashley Burton fell more than 3m to the ground when other staff began digging a trench at the bottom of the scaffolding.

Health and safety chiefs took partners from the Hurst Green firm to court over the incident at a site between two semi-detaches properties in the town’s London Road.

Brighton Magistrates’ Court heard that the trench had been dug for drainage reasons, but they undermined the scaffolding, causing Mr Smith, from Kemsing, Kent, to injure his back while Mr Burton, from Sevenoaks, Kent, tore a muscle and received cuts to his head.

Magistrates heard people had been carrying out their work with scant co-operation, co-ordination or regard for other staff, while the scaffolding was overloaded with inadequate management and supervision.

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