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Drylining director given seven-year banSubscription

The director of a Manchester-based drylining subcontractor has been given a seven-year directorial ban for failing to declare all of his tax liabilities.

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Balfour Beatty fined £333k after worker crushedSubscription

Balfour Beatty and London Underground have been fined £433,000 after a worker suffered life-changing injuries when his pelvis was crushed in an incident at Whitechapel station.

Rydon firm sues London hospital over cancelled contract

Rydon firm sues London hospital over cancelled contractSubscription

A subsidiary of Rydon has launched legal action against a north London NHS trust after it pulled out of a £300m strategic partnership contract.

Minister bans combustible cladding as councils given power over private blocks

Minister bans combustible cladding as councils given power over private blocksSubscription

The government has banned combustible materials from new high-rise blocks and given extra power to local authorities to force through work to replace unsafe cladding. 

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Amey refuses to pay disputed £60m roads billSubscription

Amey has refused to pay Birmingham City Council money the authority has claimed it overpaid for maintenance work.

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Contractor fined after man dies falling through unmarked voidSubscription

A London building firm has been fined after a chauffeur died when he fell through a void in the floor of a property undergoing renovation.

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Diane Abbott: CN report 'shocking indictment of exploitation'Subscription

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has described CN’s investigation into modern slavery as a “shocking indictment” of worker exploitation.

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Worker exploitation reports surge, Met slavery taskforce revealsSubscription

Exclusive: The Metropolitan Police has seen a massive increase in allegations of labour exploitation and modern slavery, Construction News can reveal.

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Interserve fined £94k for bio-hazard lab breachesSubscription

Interserve has been fined nearly £94,000 for multiple M&E failings at a lab that could have exposed people to harmful bio-agents, a Health and Safety Executive investigation has found.

Organised crime 'making £50k-£60k a week' from construction

Organised crime 'making £50k-£60k a week' from constructionSubscription

Construction is increasingly being targeted by human traffickers and organised crime rings because they consider the industry a low-risk target, CITB fraud manager Ian Sidney has said.

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Director fined £30k after roof collapse narrow escapeSubscription

The director of a Sheffield roofing firm has been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay £7,026.58 in costs for endangering workers after a building partially collapsed during roofing work.