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Faulty household appliances - primarily washing machines and tumble dryers - account for 60 house fires a week in the UK, consumer group Which? has said. It said the number of fires has stayed roughly the same each year for five years.   It wants the government to draw up a plan to tackle the issue within three months, having set up an Office for Product Safety. However, manufacturers...

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Fatal accidents in the workplace have fallen considerably with a a big drop in fatal injuries at work since 1981. Before then, not all industries were required to report workplace injuries, so the data is patchy. But in the industries that did have to report, deaths fell sharply in the 1970s too. In the year 1986-87 there were 407 fatal accidents in workplaces around Britain. Three decades later...

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Construction giant Carillion is to go into liquidation, threatening thousands of jobs. The move came after talks between the firm, its lenders and the government failed to reach a deal to save the UK's second biggest construction company.   Carillion ran into trouble after losing money on big contracts and running up huge debts. Its failure means the government will have to provide funding to maintain the public services...

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