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Three more fatalities bring site death toll to 67 since last April

CONSTRUCTION'S death toll since the beginning of last April has hit 67 after the industry suffered a further three fatalities last week.

Rangit Singh, 41, fell 4.5 m to his death last Monday after climbing over a barrier into a hole he had dug just days before.

Mr Singh was working for Gravesendbased Dhesi Construction (Northern) preparing the hole for the installation of a service duct at the Royal Bank of Scotland HQ site in Gogarburn just outside Edinburgh.

An investigation has been launched by the Health and Safety Executive into why the man returned to the site, as no work was going on at the time.

A 25-year-old builder also died in hospital last Tuesday after falling on a site in South Norwood, south London, on February 25 - the day of the industry's safety summit at which ministers set a challenge of zero tolerance of accidents.

The developer failed to report the accident to the HSE, which was informed of the fatality by Southwark Coroner's Court.

In the third incident John Jones,30, was crushed to death by a 6 ft brick wall last Thursday as it collapsed on top of him at a new build housing site in Sale, Greater Manchester.