Community mourns industrial deaths


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

A rural community has been coming to terms with the loss of four men who died in an industrial accident as a health and safety investigation into the tragedy continued.

The men 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 approximately 2pm on Friday, the firm said.

The men, believed to be aged between 26 and 42 and from the Bury St Edmunds area of Suffolk, were pronounced dead at the scene.

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

Three of the men are believed to have links to the villages of Stanton and Walsham le Willows. Organisers of the 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 openfor 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).

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