Firm expected to admit safety breaches over man’s death

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A company which was prosecuted following the death of a delivery driver at a Hebden Bridge food store more than two years ago is expected to admit breaching health and safety regulations.

Doncaster man Keith Jarman, 65, died in December 2012 following an incident at the Oasis food store in Crown Street.

It is believed that he died after a metal delivery cage fell onto him.

Oasis (Hebden Bridge) Limited and Mr Jarman’s employer DHL Supply Chain Limited were both charged with health and safety breaches following the fatal accident and the case was listed before a Crown Court judge for a preliminary hearing.

During the hearing before Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, barrister Tom Gent, for Oasis, confirmed that the company would be pleading guilty.

It is expected that DHL will deny any charges against them and the firm could face a trial later this year.

Judge Durham Hall said no-one should lose sight of the victim’s grieving family and the case should be heard as soon as possible.

The case was adjourned until June 29 for a plea and case management hearing when Oasis Ltd are expected to submit a basis of plea in relation to any charges they admit.