Charges over steel collapse incident – four deaths

The Health and Safety Executive has charged four parties with safety offences relating to the deaths of Thomas and Daniel Hazelton, Adam Taylor and Peter Johnson on 21 January 2011.

The men were erecting a large steel structure in a pit when the structure collapsed on top of them at Claxton Engineering Services’ yard in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

After completing its investigation into the incident, the Health and Safety Executive (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 2 February 2016.

Notes to Editors: 

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to reduce work-related death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training; new or revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement.
  2. More information on the legislation referred to in this case can be found at:
  3. Now that criminal proceedings have commenced your attention is drawn to the fact that the provisions of the Contempt of Court Act apply to this matter.

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