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Contractor Eugena was fined £40,000 plus costs at the Old Bailey last week following the death of a construction worker at St Thomas' Hospital in London in 2001. Bricklayer Ian Mallon fell 2.5m from scaffolding that had been altered and left unguarded.

Eugena pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the health and safety of persons not in its employment.

Two contractors were detained by Turkish police last week following the collapse of an 11-storey building that killed at least 83 people on 3 February. Sub-standard materials including sandy concrete are suspected to have led to the sudden collapse of the block of 40 flats in the central Turkish city of Konya.

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