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News » UK » Charges brought over Claxton deaths » published 27 Jan 2016

Charges brought over Claxton deaths

The Health & Safety Executive has charged four parties with safety offences relating to the deaths of four groundworkers at Claxton Engineering Services’ yard in Great Yarmouth in 2011.

Adam Taylor, Peter Johnson and brothers Thomas and Daniel Hazelton were erecting a large steel reinforcing cage in an excavated foundation pit for a new high-pressure test bay. They worked for Hazegood Construction. They were all killed when the 13-tonne structure collapsed on top of them.

An inquest in February 2014 returned a verdict of accidental death. After completing its investigation into the incident, the HSE has charged:

  • Claxton Engineering Services Ltd of Ferryside, Ferry Road, Norwich, Norfolk, under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA)
  • Encompass Project Management Ltd, of The Gables, Old Market Street, Thetford, Norfolk, under Section 3 HSWA
  • David Groucott, director of Encompass Project Management Ltd, under Section 37 of HSWA
  • Hazegood Construction Ltd, of Bury Lodge, Bury Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk, under Sections 2 and 3 of HSWA.

The defendants have been summoned to appear at Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court at 2pm on 2nd February 2016.




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This article was published on 27 Jan 2016 (last updated on 27 Jan 2016).

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