‘Tragic accident’ of Hailsham man who died after ladder fall


Tributes have been paid to a ‘loving and generous’ family man from Hailsham who died after falling from a ladder in December last year.

Yusuf Hossany, 62, of Chestnut Close, The Lowlands, Hailsham, died on Sunday December 15 2013 at Royal London Hospital following the accident the previous day.

Mr Hossany, a mechanic, fell from a ladder while decorating the garage in Hailsham where he worked, an inquest has heard.

A statement from his family after the inquest paid tribute to a ‘loving and generous husband, dad and grandpa’ they would never forget.

The inquest, held in Eastbourne on Thursday June 26, was told that Mr Hossany was found unconscious at the bottom of a ladder after a 15 to 20 foot drop onto the concrete floor.

His daughter’s fiance, Rob Humphreys, who was helping Mr Hossany decorate the MOT garage, was in the building’s office when he heard a ‘crashing sound’, the inquest was told.

In a statement, Mr Humphreys said Mr Hossany was in his usual good spirits on the day of the accident.

Mr Humphreys opened the office door to check he was okay, but found him lying on the floor next to a ladder.

He said: “Yusuf was always busy doing something, he was so active.

“He was trying to fix the skylights, to block them off and make the building more secure.”

Mr Hossany’s son added: “He was very experienced with doing DIY and he would have secured the ladder as best he could.”

Dr Alison Grimston, Mr Hossany’s GP at Hailsham Medical Group, explained Mr Hossany had previously suffered from daytime sleepiness, but there was no evidence of him suffering from further symptoms after 2007.

She said: “He was experiencing daytime sleepiness with some snoring.

“He tended to fall asleep if he sat down, but it never occurred while he was driving.

“There is no evidence it was any danger to him and there is nothing to suggest he would have fallen asleep when he was focused on something as he was on the day he fell.”

Dr Grimston added he was ‘perfectly happy and very fit’.

A post mortem found the cause of death to be a subdural haemorrhage.

Alan Craze, senior coroner for East Sussex, said: “This is a straightforward tragic accident, possibly triggered by a balance issue.

“I will come to a conclusion of accidental death.”