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Inquest Concludes Into Window Cleaner Death

Tuesday August 28 2012

A WINDOW cleaner died after falling off his ladder and hitting his head, a jury at his inquest found.

Keith Harrison, 72, of Mount Street, Ardsley, had been washing windows at a house on Verona Drive, Darfield, when the accident happened.

He was taken to Barnsley Hospital and transferred to Sheffield's Hallamshire but died three days later on January 26.

Keith, who had lived on the same street since he was a boy, had given up working at Houghton Main pit when a friend died in an accident.

He worked in the council's refuse department and started cleaning windows in the afternoons. He had been doing rounds for 40 years.

The inquest recorded a verdict of: accident.

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Reply Posted by izzie kirk on Friday August 31 2012 at 19:53
..and what a genuinely lovely bloke he was too.He did my mum's windows for years.Would have done anything for anybody for nothing in return and that is hard to come by. I keep expecting to see him up ladders on her street. Very sad loss.

Reply Posted by lyn clark on Friday August 31 2012 at 19:55
I agree with Izzie he was a lovely man honest and genuine.he did my windows and it is a very sad loss for the community

Reply Posted by scott m on Sunday September 2 2012 at 11:06
72 years old, poor fella should have his feet up and chilling out retired. Not many people realise how dangerous window cleaning can be.