B&Q night worker killed himself after his shift pattern changed

A B&Q worker killed himself after suffering ‘terrible’ bouts of insomnia when he moved from night shifts to day ones.

Marc Yeoman, 45, took a fatal combination of painkillers and whisky days after telling his doctor he couldn’t sleep.

Mr Yeoman was found dead by his landlord and friend Marc Connor after his girlfriend Kate Tyler raised the alarm.

An inquest heard the 45-year-old, who worked in the builders’ yard, sent a final message to Miss Tyler,which read ‘xxx’, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Miss Tyler told the hearing: “We were in a relationship for a year. We spent a lot of time together. He was a live wire, always loving life. He was kind, funny and a genuinely lovely person.

“He had no significant mental health issues, and the only health problem he had was with his knee. We would go hill walking and climbing together.

"He would always complain about pain in his knees after a long day in the mountains.

“He never came home to say he was suffering with mental health issues or depression. He did complain about his employment. I didn’t see him for four weeks before he passed away."

She continued: “He worked on the building yard at B&Q and had asked for a change of shift. Before he would come to mine in the afternoon and be back at his house to start his evening shift. However he changed shifts and began working in the warehouse.

“I think because he was the ‘new boy’ he was given early shifts and would have to get up at 5.30am. It was really difficult for him.

“The last four weeks we didn’t see each other. It was very upsetting for us both. We would keep in touch by texting, and every night we would say good night.”

Mr Yeoman booked an appointment at his local GP surgery two days before his death on July 12 last year and tearfully described how he had been struggling to cope.

He was prescribed sleeping tablets and anti-depressants in a bid to improve his mood and help his insomnia.


Miss Tyler added: “On July 10 I knew things were a bit different. He told me he had been to the doctors and they had given him some sleeping tablets, but they weren’t working. He just wanted to get a good night’s sleep.

“His old boss would have given him his job back and we did speak about it but I don’t think he acted on it. His insomnia was terrible.

“On Tuesday July 11 I contacted Anton and asked him if he had heard from him. Marc sent me a text message at around 10pm the night before with just three kisses. We would normally say goodnight to each other, but he just sent me the three kisses.

“I thought he might have just fallen asleep. The next day I didn’t hear from him. I rang him numerous times and asked Anton to check on him. On the 12th I still hadn’t heard from him so I asked Anton to go round and see if he was OK.

“I thought he might have gone out for a walk, but the next thing I heard was that he passed away.”

Assistant Coroner Jean Harkin ruled Mr Yeoman’s death as suicide.

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Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bq-night-worker-killed-himself-12051152

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