Five employees died "instantly" after a 45-ton wall that was deemed hazardous crumbled at a scrapyard.

A 45-ton wall fell unexpectedly at a recycling facility, crushing five workers to death, a health and safety trial has heard.

The wall was a component of a storage facility that housed 263 tonnes of metal briquettes, Birmingham Crown Court was informed.

The amount of metal stockpiled at a scrapyard in the city's Nechells neighborhood was roughly six completely loaded articulated trucks' worth.

In July 2016, five laborers were found dead on the scene: Almamo Jammeh, 45; Ousmane Diaby, 39; Bangally Dukuray, 55; Saibo Sillah, 42; and Mahamadou Jagana, 49.

Ensco 10101 and Hawkeswood Metal Recycling, both of Birmingham, as well as directors Wayne Hawkeswood 

and Graham Woodhouse are being sued by the Health and Safety Executive for suspected safety violations.

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