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TREE REMOVER BREAKS ARM

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A grounds supervisor suffered a broken arm Thursday morning when he fell more than 20 feet from scaffolding set up to remove the state Christmas tree from the Capitol Rotunda.

Jerry Plooster, who has worked for the state for about six months, was atop the scaffolding while the giant tree was being untied from rope supports secured on the third floor of the Capitol.According to Roger Allen, a maintenance employee who was on a lower level of the same scaffolding at the time of the accident, the tree swung toward them instead of falling in the opposite direction as planned.

The pair tried to push the tree away, Allen said. "At that point, I don't know what happened. All I know is I was on the floor and he was on the floor," he said.

Plooster was taken by paramedics to LDS Hospital.