Brothers die in industrial accident

Brothers die in industrial accident

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Members of the Health and Safety Executive enter offshore Engineering firm in Great Yarmouth after four workmen died

Two brothers were among four men who died in an industrial accident which is now at the centre of a health and safety investigation.

The men, all from the same rural community, had been working at the site of offshore engineering company Claxton Engineering in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Building work was being carried out by external contractors at the premises where the accident happened at around 2pm on Friday, the firm said.

The dead men were named locally as Dan Hazelton, 30 and his brother Tom Hazelton, 26, and Peter Johnson, 42, all from Stanton, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, plus Adam Taylor, 28, who lived close by.

Reports suggested a steel structure may have collapsed on the men as foundation works were carried out.

Organisers of two local football clubs said they had cancelled their matches in the wake of the tragedy.

Mike Powles, chairman of Walsham le Willows FC said: “Two of the lads used to play for us. It’s a real community where everyone knows everyone else. We called the games off as a mark of respect and we understand Stanton have done the same.”

Rev David Messer, of All Saints Church in Stanton, said the church had been kept open for those wishing to attend and he said the men would be remembered during the Sunday service.

He said: “It has hit many people in the village quite hard. Tomorrow we will be having our church service as normal, offering prayers and support for the loss of the young men and their families.”

A joint inquiry has been launched by Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Further assessment of the site has been carried out by police and health and safety investigators.

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