The carrying out of works of construction may involve the employer in liability to adjoining landowners, in nuisance1 or under the rule in Rylands v Fletcher2. A local authority is empowered by statute to serve a notice3 specifying the way in which building works are to be carried out, so as to minimise inconvenience to those in the locality. An occupier is absolutely liable for the maintenance of any part of a building which projects over the highway4; and if in the course of carrying out building operations in or near a street an accident occurs which gives rise
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