Tens of thousands of construction flaws

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Over the past three years, around 20,000 structural errors have been made in Dutch construction projects, according to estimates by scientific research institute TNO.

The structural flaws pose a safety risk for both construction workers and residents. Some 190 construction flaws have been reported to the TNO complaints office in recent years, RTL Nieuws said on Saturday. Many of the problems could be solved in time.

But in 16 percent of the cases the buildings were already collapsing or cracking. On average, structural flaws now account for some ten percent of the total cost of any given construction project.

The Association of Dutch Builders is calling for tighter control. It estimates that tens of thousands of buildings dating from the 1950s and 1960s are posing a risk. The news comes after a wave of problems with buildings across the country.

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