Two firms to be sentenced at the Old Bailey over deaths of four men at Claxton Engineering Services’ Yard in Great Yarmouth

The four men killed in the Claxton tragedy, clockwise from top left, Peter Johnson, Tom Hazelton, Ad

The four men killed in the Claxton tragedy, clockwise from top left, Peter Johnson, Tom Hazelton, Adam Taylor and Dan Hazelton. - Credit: Archant

Two companies involved with the death of four men from Suffolk crushed to death six years ago in Great Yarmouth are due to sentenced today.

Daniel Hazelton, 30, his brother Thomas Hazelton, 26, Adam Taylor, 28, and Peter Johnson, 42, died on January 21, 2011 when a large steel cage they were working in collapsed in the Claxton Engineering Services' Yard.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought charges against three companies and one director.

Two of those companies were due to go on trial at Norwich Crown Court and a jury was sworn in but before the trial got underway Claxton Engineering Services offered a plea.

Encompass Project Management Ltd, of Old Market Street, Thetford, has also pleaded guilty to a Health and Safety charge and its director David Groucott, pleaded guilty to a charge under section 37.


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Sentencing for Claxton Engineering Services and Encompass Project Management Ltd is due to take place at the Old Bailey in London today.

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