The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to be served with a Crown Censure by HSE for health and safety failings relating to the deaths of three soldiers on an SAS training exercise in the Brecon Beacons mountains in Wales in summer 2013.

Army reservists Edward Maher, James Dunsby and Craig Roberts fell ill and collapsed from heat illness while on a gruelling march as part of a selection test for the SAS Reserve in temperatures of up to 30°C on 13 July 2013. Mr Roberts and Mr Maher died on the day, while Mr Dunsby suffered multiple organ failure as a result of hyperthermia and died 17 days later in hospital. Ten other soldiers also suffered heat exhaustion.

HSE’s investigation found that the MoD had failed to plan, assess and manage the risks associated with climatic illness during the training.

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