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Post-mortem test into collapsed basement death

A post-mortem examination is due to be held into the death of a builder who was crushed by a collapsing floor while excavating a basement in south-west London.

The 37-year-old man was working on a house in Fulham, on 2 December when the floor fell through.

He was caught under the rubble and died at the scene.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the Health and Safety Executive were involved in the investigation.

Basement problems

"We were called at 1500 GMT to a building collapse," he said.

"A man was pronounced dead at the scene."

The man has not been named.

It is the latest in a series of incidents involving London basement conversions, which are carried out to give homeowners more space.

In October a skip in Belgravia sank below the surface of a road after ground was excavated underneath it.

In March, two Camden families had to have their homes demolished after work carried out without planning permission on a nearby property caused structural damage.

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