Inquest records verdict of accidental death over four men who died on Great Yarmouth building site

The four men who died in the Claxton tragedy, clockwise from top left, Peter Johnson, Tom Hazelton, Adam Taylor and Dan Hazelton. The four men who died in the Claxton tragedy, clockwise from top left, Peter Johnson, Tom Hazelton, Adam Taylor and Dan Hazelton.

Friday, February 14, 2014
1:30 PM

The jury at an inquest into the deaths of four men at a Great Yarmouth building site has recorded a verdict of accidental death.

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West Suffolk men Daniel Hazelton, 30, Thomas Hazelton, 26, Adam Taylor, 28 and Peter Johnson, 42, died in January 2011 after a steel cage they were working in collapsed.

They had been constructing a reinforced concrete base as part of a £1.5m pressure test facility at Claxton Engineering, North River Road, Great Yarmouth.

A statement on behalf of the families of Dan and Tom Hazelton, Peter Johnson and Adam Taylor said: “We will never be able to come to terms with our devastating loss; four men went to work that day and never came home again.

“The evidence clearly showed that Dan, Tom, Peter and Adam were conscientious and skilled workers and no concerns were raised about the steel work they were doing.

“We hope the Heath and Safety Executive will take appropriate action against those responsible so justice is done, and that lessons will be learned to ensure such a terrible tragedy never happens again.

“We would like to thank those who tried to rescue the men and for all the support we’ve received over the last three years.”

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