Date set for inquest into deaths of four men in industrial accident in Great Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 10:36 07 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:36 07 January 2014

Dan Hazelton with son Freddie, on his 30th birthday in Egypt.

Dan Hazelton with son Freddie, on his 30th birthday in Egypt.


An inquest will finally be held on February 10 into the deaths of four men in a tragic industrial accident.

Daniel Hazelton, 30, Thomas Hazelton, 26, Peter Johnson, 41, and Adam Taylor, 28, died on January 21, 2011 on an engineering site in Great Yarmouth.

The men, from Stanton and Rickinghall in Suffolk, were killed while working on Claxton Engineering’s site on North River Road when a steel structure collapsed, crushing them.

Last month Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake warned that she did not want to see the inquest delayed any further by the Health and Safety Executive dragging its feet.

She told a pre-inquest hearing in Norwich on December 13 that she was eager for the HSE to decide whether it was going to make prosecutions in the case in order that a full inquest could be confirmed.

And it was revealed today that a five-day inquest, starting on February 10, will be held at Sprowston Manor Hotel, near Norwich.

As reported, it has already been decided that a number of parties will not be prosecuted for the incident, including Matt Hazelton and Neil Gooderham, who founded Hazegood Construction in 2008 and employed the four men.

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