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Devastation of trucker’s widow

Susan Jarman, of Westwoodside, pictured with a photograph of her late husband Keith, who was tragically killed at work while unloading a lorry.  Picture: Liz Mockler E1455LM

Susan Jarman, of Westwoodside, pictured with a photograph of her late husband Keith, who was tragically killed at work while unloading a lorry. Picture: Liz Mockler E1455LM

THE heartbroken widow of a trucker killed while making Christmas deliveries has spoken of her devastation.

Keith Jarman, aged 65, is thought to have been crushed by a metal delivery cage while unloading produce at a supermarket in West Yorkshire just days before Christmas.

Widow Susan, 61, says she is angry that the company he worked for, logistics specialists DHL, did not send her a letter of condolence over the Christmas period.

She said the grandfather-of-two, of The Birches, Westwoodside, near Doncaster, was a well known fisherman and wood turner - and had been in two previous accidents in the last 12 months.

He crashed into the barrier on the hard shoulder of the M18 in June last year, and was struck by falling cargo on another occasion.

West Yorkshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive has launched an investigation into his death. Mrs Jarman says she is considering taking legal action.

She said: “Keith will be dearly missed. We will have to move forward but it’s so hard. I haven’t got his body back yet because I’m waiting for the post mortem examination to be done.

“Then we will have the inquest to go through, which none of us are looking forward to.”

The incident happened while Mr Jarman was unloading at a supermarket in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive could take months.

West Yorkshire Western District coroner Peter Straker has been made aware of the death and is expected to open an inquest once autopsy results are in.

A spokesperson for DHL said: “We offer our deepest sympathies to Mr Jarman’s bereaved family, and are in ongoing contact with Mrs Jarman to help in any way we can at this difficult time.

“We are co-operating fully with the police, and Health and Safety Executive in their investigations.

“However, while this is underway we are unable to comment further.”

 

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