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Building inspectors fail earthquake test Better qualified engineers could help limit devastation in future Turkish earthquakes.

It is right that cowboy contractors have taken the brunt of the blame for the huge death toll following Turkey's earthquake two weeks ago. After all 95% of the devastation came from their shoddy work. But the clamour for a scapegoat has hidden wider social failings that should have civil engineers shouting with frustration. These failings underline the reason why Chartered engineers are essential in modern society.

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