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FIRM ADMITS GUILT AFTER DEATH OF FOUR WORKMEN

Guilty plea entered by company on first day of Crown Court trial

It has been reported by the East Anglian Times that Claxton Engineering Services Ltd of Norwich has admitted one health and safety offence on the first day of a trial at Norwich Crown Court.

The prosecution arose from an incident in January 2011 in which four workmen died whilst they were erecting a large steel structure in a pit when the structure collapsed at the company premises in Great Yarmouth.

HSE brought charges against three companies and one director.

Prosecution of second defendant no longer in ‘public interest’

Two of the companies were set to go on trial at Norwich Crown Court. The jury was sworn but before the trial commenced Claxton Engineering Services Ltd offered a plea and Justice Baker directed the jury to find the company guilty.

The jury was discharged from reaching a verdict on the alternative charge faced by the company.

The jury was also discharged from reaching any verdict on a second company, Hazegood Construction Ltd, and all charges were ordered to lie on file.

Justice Baker said:

“The prosecution has considered the position and they have reached the view there is no longer any public interest in pursuing a prosecution against Hazegood Construction Ltd.”

All parties will be sentenced at a later date.

 

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