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    MULTIPLE FATALITY INCIDENT REACHES CROWN COURT

    Trial set over death of four workmen crushed by steel structure

    It has been reported by the Eastern Daily Press that a company and a director have admitted health and safety offences after the death of four construction workers in January 2011.

    Daniel Hazelton, 30, Thomas Hazelton, 26, Peter Johnson, 41, and Adam Taylor, 28, died at the engineering site of Claxton Engineering Service in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk when a steel structure collapsed.

    Encompass Project Management Ltd and David Groucott, a director of Encompass Project Management Ltd, appeared at Norwich Crown Court on 21 February 2017 charged with health and safety offences in relation to the deaths.

    Julia Kendrick, representing Encompass Project Management Ltd, of The Gables, Old Market, Thetford, pleaded guilty on behalf of the company to an offence of failing to discharge its duty to which it was subject by virtue of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

    Mr Groucott of Hinderclay Road, Rickinghall, Diss also admitted an offence of failing to discharge the duty to which a body corporate was subject by virtue of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

    Sentencing to follow trial of others defendants

    Both parties will be sentenced following a trial of Claxton Engineering Services, of Ferryside, Ferry Road, Norwich and Hazegood Construction, of Bury Lodge, Bury Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk.

    The companies have been charged with offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 in relation to the incident in 2011. Both companies deny the charges.

    The trial will be presided over by Mr Justice Baker at Norwich Crown Court in April 2017.

     

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