Accidental verdict on men from Stanton and Rickinghall who died in Great Yarmouth construction accident

Clockwise from top left: Adam Taylor, Dan Hazelton, Tom Hazelton and Peter Johnson
Clockwise from top left: Adam Taylor, Dan Hazelton, Tom Hazelton and Peter Johnson
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A verdict of accidental death was recorded today on the four men who lost their lives when a steel frame collapsed on them.

Adam Taylor, 26, of Wheatfields, Rickinghall, Peter ‘PJ’ Johnson, 41 of Newlands Close, Stanton, Daniel ‘Dan’ Hazelton, 30 of Church Meadow, Rickinghall and his brother Thomas ‘Tom’ Hazelton, 26, of Duke Street, Stanton died when part of the underground steel structure collapsed onto them in January 2011.

The men who worked for Hazegood Construction had been working for Claxton Engineering in Great Yarmouth.

The verdict by a jury which had heard evidence all this week was recorded this morning.

A statement from the family of the men 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 Health 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.”

Norwich Coroners Court heard evidence from the Health and Safety Executive and were told that the Crown Prosecution Service had ruled there would be no police prosecution for gross negligence, manslaughter or corporate manslaughter.

A post mortem exanination of the four men showed they had died of asphyxia due to trauma.