Terrifying moment builder smashes flats with digger as boss owes him money

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A fuming builder tore through an apartment block with his digger and wreaked havoc – claiming his boss hadn’t paid him.

The chaos unfolded in Blumberg, southern Germany, around 7.30pm on Wednesday, July 28.

The 47-year-old contractor tore down balconies from the building – which contains 30 residential units – and damaged the garages.

In shocking footage, the digger can be seen smashing through the windows and making its way around the site.

The police afterwards cordoned off the area and the man turned himself in, the Schwarzwuelder Bote reports.

He claimed the property developer owed the equivalent of £4.2 million in outstanding debts.

There was no one in the building at the time, but around 50 eyewitnesses gathered to watch the destruction.

They said he only stopped because the hydraulic hose on the excavator broke.

Police believe the builder caused around £425,000 in damages.

Earlier this month, several people died after a crane collapsed at a construction site.

It fell into an adjacent building and a home in the city of Kelowna in Canada on Monday, July 12.

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Development company Mission Group said there was a "catastrophic failure” which led to the tragedy.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police [RCMP] confirmed that “multiple” people had been killed.

Mission Group said the victims were subcontractors as opposed to employees of the company, CBC reported.

CEO Jonathan Friesen added: "It doesn't matter whose employees they were.

“They were on our site and as a result of their work they did lose their lives.”

Harry Bains, the province's minister of labour, said in a statement: "All workers have the right to a safe and healthy workplace — even one injury or death is too many.

"This is a heartbreaking reminder that we must strive to ensure the safety of all workers to prevent incidents like this from happening."

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