House partially collapses after blunder

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A house in Wolverhampton has partially collapsed after a construction blunder.

Astbury Design and Build had been employed by the affected house's neighbour to build a large extension on to their property.

The firms' owner Paul Astbury dug a foundation trench just away from the house, but failed to notify people in the partnering property of the work he was undertaking.

As Mr Astbury started to dig, he accidentally moved too close to the neighbouring property and the night after construction started, the foundations of the house collapsed.

An upstairs bedroom and an internal garage were all destroyed in the accident, but luckily nobody was home at the time.

Judges at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court fined Astbury Design and Build £7,500 and ordered it to pay £4,500 in legal costs.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Gareth Langston said: "The trench should have been dug in metre-long sections, pouring in concrete and waiting until it had set. This would have underpinned and supported the wall of the neighbouring house."

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