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Two firms fined after workers injured at construction site

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Two firms have been fined after a brick archway weighing two tonnes collapsed and injured two workers during a major refurbishment project.

The two men, both joiners, were shoring up the arch after it become unstable due to the removal of some masonry on one of the support pillars.

One fractured a foot and the other injured his back in the incident at a former toffee factory in Ouseburn, Newcastle, on 15 February 2011.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) today (1 August 2013) prosecuted Brims Construction Ltd, the principal contractor for the project, and designers Cundall Johnston and Partners LLP after an investigation into the collapse identified safety failings.


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