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Construction firm goes bust

PUBLISHED: 17:52 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:40 12 August 2010

MORE than 40 jobs were axed after a construction company went bust, with debts of around £800,000. Staff at Andrew Geer, a stone repair and refurbishment group with a £10m-a-year turnover based in London Road, West Kingsdown, were made redundant after i

MORE than 40 jobs were axed after a construction company went bust, with debts of around £800,000.

Staff at Andrew Geer, a stone repair and refurbishment group with a £10m-a-year turnover based in London Road, West Kingsdown, were made redundant after it went into receivership on May 23.

The Times reported exclusively how the owner, Andrew Geer, is also director of a scaffolding company where an uninsured apprentice plunged to his death just a few weeks ago. Sunny Holland, 20, of Molash Road, St Mary Cray, was working for Mr Geer for just eight months before he fell 6.5 metres while working on Whitehall Court in Horse Guards Avenue, Westminster on April 24. He suffered massive head injuries but his family were left doubly distraught when they found out he was not insured and they were left struggling to pay for his funeral. According to a source, 42 staff at Andrew Geer were informed on May 9 that their jobs would be axed while six subcontractors have been left with sums owed to them between £40,000 and £200,000. The number includes scaffolders, electricians, plumbers and tillers as well as 60 agency staff supplied by SSS Employment Agency, who are said to be missing a week's pay.

Mr Geer reportedly had a security bouncer on the door of his office to stave off angry unpaid workers. The former director was widely known in cage fighting circles and was a commentator on Cage Rage, a fighting programme which aired on Sky.

The telephone number listed as Andrew Geer Ltd no longer works so the Times was unable to make contact.

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