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Claxton Engineering crush deaths: Charges brought by HSE

(clockwise from top left) Daniel Hazelton, Adam Taylor, Thomas Hazelton, Peter Johnson Image copyright Contributed
Image caption Daniel Hazelton, Adam Taylor, Thomas Hazelton and Peter Johnson (clockwise from top left) died in 2011

A director and three companies have been charged with safety offences after four men were crushed to death on a building site five years ago.

Daniel Hazelton, 30, his brother Thomas Hazelton, 26, Adam Taylor, 28, and Peter Johnson, 42, died in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on 21 January 2011.

A 13-tonne steel structure collapsed on them at Claxton Engineering.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said all defendants had been summoned to appear before magistrates next week.

The Hazelton brothers and Mr Johnson were from Stanton near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk and Mr Taylor was from nearby Rickinghall.

The defendants are:

  • Claxton Engineering Services Ltd of Ferry Road, Norwich, which is charged under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974
  • Encompass Project Management Ltd, of Old Market Street, Thetford, also charged under Section 3 of the act
  • David Groucott, Director of Encompass Project Management Ltd, is charged under Section 37
  • Hazegood Construction Ltd, of Bury Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk, faces charges under Sections 2 and 3

They are due to appear before Great Yarmouth magistrates on 2 February.

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