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Family firm Hazegood in quadruple death tragedy

The firm at the heart of a major incident in which four men were crushed to death by the collapse of a steel structure has been revealed as Hazegood Construction. 

Founding partner Dan Hazelton, 30, was killed alongside his brother Tom Hazelton, 26, Peter Johnson, 42, and Adam Taylor, 28.

The men, who all lived in and around the village of Stanton, near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, were killed while working on site at Claxton engineering in Great Yarmouth on Friday.

A Norfolk Police and Health and Safety Executive joint investigation is underway and the results of Home Office post mortem examinations to establish the cause of death will be confirmed this afternoon, 25 January, together with formal identification procedures.

An HSE spokesman said the investigation was ongoing and inspectors were still on site.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Neil Luckett from Norfolk Police said: “The aim of our investigation is to find out what happened and why. The inquiry is still very much in the early stages and we will not be drawn into speculation about circumstances surrounding the incident.

“We continue to work closely with officers from the Health and Safety Executive to carry out a detailed investigation which will take several weeks.

“The families of those who sadly lost their lives are being supported by specially trained officers and our thoughts go out to them.”

According to its website Hazegood construction was founded on the 29 February 2008 by Matt Hazelton, Dan Hazelton and Neil Gooderham and has grown steadily ever since.

It is understood the four men were working four feet underground when a steel structure collapsed, trapping them.

Police say it will take several weeks to determine what happened.

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