Prayers for four accident victims


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

Prayers will be said in church as a rural community mourns the deaths of four men, including two brothers, in an industrial accident.

The men had been working at the site of offshore 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 his brother Tom, 26, and Peter Johnson, 42, all from Stanton, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and Adam Taylor, 28, who lived close by.

A Norfolk Constabulary spokesman said: “Their families are currently being supported by specialist police officers.”

Reports suggested a steel structure may have collapsed on the men as foundation work was 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.”

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

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 was carried out this weekend by police and health and safety investigators.

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