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Demolition worker was crushed by concrete slab at Old Trafford cricket ground while tortured boss off sick

A demolition firm has been fined thousands for a health and safety breach – while its boss was recovering from being tortured by burglars.

Brendan O’Halloran’s company Excavating and Contracting (UK) Ltd, was fined £5,000 after a huge slab of concrete collapsed on to a workman at Lancashire Cricket Club.

The firm had been hired to demolish a stand at the Old Trafford ground, but Mr O’Halloran was off work after being attacked at his home.

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Southampton FC ordered to pay £60k to sub-contractor

Southampton Football Club has been ordered to pay out almost £60,000 to Solent Interior Systems Ltd after a payment row was taken to court.

The Technology and Construction Court in London has ordered the club to pay the contractor, along with VAT, interest and legal fees, within 14 days, after it heard that a final instalment of fees had been missed.

Southampton FC sent no representation or counsel to the hearing on Thursday, informing court officials the day before by e-mailing that they would not be attending.

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ODA has 'no evidence' of Olympic Park blacklisting

The chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority has insisted that it has seen no evidence of contractors using blacklisting on the construction of the Olympic Park.

Speaking at the London Assembly budget and performance committee this morning, Dennis Hone insisted that the ODA would have “gone after” contractors if it had seen blacklisting in practice.

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Goverment facing green construction regulations rap

Legal proceedings have begun against the UK government after the European Commission found it failed to deliver a number of environmental regulations.

The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive came into force in 2010, and required all EU states to enhance their building regulations and to introduce energy certification schemes for buildings. The directive was part of a move towards new and retrofitted nearly-zero energy buildings by 2020.

The European Directive also states that an up-to-date Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) should be made available whenever a residential property is put up for sale or rent, while Display Energy Certificates (DECs), which detail a building’s energy consumption, should be on display in public buildings.

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Scaffolding firm fined after worker's "life-changing" fall

A scaffolding firm and its director have been fined after a worker suffered “life-changing injuries” in a 2.5m fall from a scaffold platform.

The unnamed worker, from Rainham in Kent, suffered severe head injuries and needed surgery to remove the frontal lobe of the brain. He spent many weeks in hospital and is unlikely to be able to work again.

The man fell from the first lift of the scaffold as it was being dismantled at a property in Meopham near Gravesend in Kent on January 25 this year. He was passing boards down to another worker when he lost his footing and fell to the concrete below.

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