Director of construction company banned after health and safety regulations breached

Allen and Hunt Construction Engineers Limited were incorporated in 1979 and were based in Derby. Michael Allen was the director of the specialist company which traded in manufacturing and erecting agricultural and industrial buildings.

Michael Allen has been banned after one of his employees fell through the roof at a farm in Buxton and suffered life changing injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive carried out an investigation and found that the company had breached numerous health and safety regulations. These being:

  • The company had failed to carry out health and safety plans for the site
  • The employee was not properly trained to carry out fragile roof work
  • The equipment used on the job was inadequate

As a result of these failures Allen and Hunt Construction Engineers Limited were fined £274,671. However, due to not being able to pay the fine, the company went into liquidation.

The Insolvency Service Investigated into the case even further and found that after the accident a new company was formed. The new company carried out fabrication and installation services, but the installation side was wound down. If the fabrication contracts had stayed within the original company, Allen and Hunt Construction Engineers Limited, there would have been adequate funds to pay the fine.

A disqualification undertaking from Michael Allen was accepted by The Secretary State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and he is now banned, unless with permission off the court, to become involved in the promotion, formation or management of a company for 6 years.

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