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Barred Contractor was not registered

Published:Saturday | November 20, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Ronham and Associates Limited, the company that was executing a National Water Commission pipe-laying project on Barbican Road in upper St Andrew where a man died recently, was not registered by the National Contracts Commission at the time of the incident.

Contractor General Greg Christie told a parliamentary committee Thursday that the company was registered with the National Contracts Commission when it won the contract in 2008 but was subsequently delisted.

"They are one of the contractors that we have already interviewed, and they are not going to go anywhere," Christie said.

The Office of the Contractor General has been interviewing contractors who are seeking to be reregistered and have been found to have falsified their documents.

Christie did not disclose the exact reason Ronham and Associates was interviewed but said that the "professional staff which they asserted they have on staff, they don't have on staff".

Kirk Vernon, better known as 'Cornerstone', and 27-year-old Orlando Bennett died earlier this month when the walls of a trench they were working in collapsed, trapping them under a mountain of dirt.