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Hawkeswood Metal Recycling deaths inquest begins

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An inquest has opened in Birmingham into the deaths of five men at a scrap yard in 2016 after a concrete storage bay wall collapsed.

The BBC has reported that it is expected to last for two an a half weeks.

Alimamo Jammeh, Ousmane Diaby, Bangally Dukureh, Saibo Sillah and Muhamadou Jagana died at Hawkeswood Metal Recycling in the Nechells area of Birmingham.

Coroner Emma Brown said: “They were clearing out a scrap metal storage bay when one of the walls, made of heavy concrete blocks, fell on to them.”

When emergency services arrived, “it was identified that all five men were deceased”, she said.

Detective Inspector Nigel Harrison from West Midlands Police told the hearing there was “catastrophic failure of a wall” and the men’s death would have been “instantaneous”.

Detectives and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are continuing to investigate the incident.

MRW reported at the time that police and the HSE were seeking to understand what led to the concrete structure, comprising 1.5-tonne blocks, giving way.

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