No manslaughter charges over Redcar double death

On 19 September 2019, a pair of workers were killed in horrific circumstances at the Teesworks site in Redcar. Almost exactly four years later, the Health and Safety Executive has announced that there will be no gross or corporate manslaughter charges against the companies and individuals involved.

The Health and Safety Exective statement reads:

“The investigation into deaths of two men at the Teesworks site in 2019 will now be led by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

On 19 September 2019, John Mackay and Tom Williams died following an explosion at the site.

Following a thorough joint investigation by Cleveland Police and HSE, there is insufficient evidence to support gross or corporate manslaughter charges. The families of the deceased have been informed of this decision.

HSE principal inspector John Heslop said: “Although some of these developments are difficult for the families of John and Tom, I have assured them that the criminal investigation into their deaths remains ongoing. We also made it clear our investigation will be a thorough one, while also recognising the desire for a speedy conclusion.”

This remains a criminal investigation that Cleveland Police will continue to support.”

DemolitionNews interviewed the widow of one of the two men – John Mackay – back in April this year. You can watch that interview here.

In addition, the first half of tomorrow’s episode of The Break Fast Show will be dedicated to this subject.