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Disqualified boss works for scaffold collapse firm

NEWS - Director banned from managing in senior role at firm under spotlight in Milton Keynes

THE SCAFFOLDING firm under the spotlight for its role in last month's fatal Milton Keynes collapse has a disqualified director on its staff.

Mansfield firm North Notts Scaffolding employs Roy Rogers, banned from holding company directorships for eight years in July 2001.

Mr Rogers was banned under section seven of the Company Directors Disqualification Act, targeted at directors whose conduct has been 'unfit to be concerned in the management of a company'.

He was quoted as a 'senior estimator' at the company, blaming overloading for the April collapse.

Mr Rogers is a former director of North Nottingham Scaffolding, which was liquidated in November 2005 owing more than £250,000 to unsecured creditors, as well as Rablock Scaffolding, which was dissolved in 1996.

He resigned as a director of North Nottingham Scaffolding in March 2001, leaving his colleagues Martin Lees, Sarah Finch and John King, as directors.

Mr Lees, Ms Finch and Mr King - the managing director - are all now directors of North Notts Scaffolding, the company which supplied scaffolding labour to the main contractor McAleer & Rushe on the ill-fated Jury's Inn hotel project.

Mr Rogers has also served as a director of another Mansfield company, Bensam, responsible for erecting the scaffold on the scheme.

He resigned in 2001, again leaving Mr Lees, Ms Finch and Mr King as active directors of the company.

All four have also been directors of a third firm, Rablock Restoration.

One industry source said: 'Roy has been in the scaffolding game for years and he is well known in the local area.'

A North Notts Scaffolding spokeswoman said: 'Roy can't speak to you at the moment because he is in hospital.'

The Health and Safety Executive is still investigating the cause of the collapse, although McAleer & Rushe managing director Eamonn Laverty blamed high winds for the incident.

An employee of cladding contractor LSC, John Robertson, died in hospital of a heart attack following the incident. The HSE is treating it as a construction fatality.