Grangemouth widow pays tribute to family’s hero

Jason Daisley.
Jason Daisley.

An everyday hero will be remembered in a poignant ceremony.

The widow of Jason Daisley, who died in an industrial accident eight months ago, today laid a wreath to mark International Workers Memorial Day in Falkirk.

Tracy Daisley (33) took part in the ceremony, which is organised by Falkirk Trades Union Council, to remember all those who have lost their lives or been injured at work.

It came as the mum-of-two still waits to find out the full details of her husband’s death last August 26.

Jason (37) had been working for less than two weeks on the site of a new £86 million whisky bottling plant in Leven, Fife, being built for Diageo.

The dumper truck he was driving overturned into a ditch. Despite the efforts of police officers, who were passing the site and tried to revive him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tracy has been warned that it could be another two years before the full details of the accident and its cause are revealed.

Meanwhile, she is left alone to bring up the couple’s two young daughters, Hayden, who was three last month, and Teigan, who will be two in June.

Speaking from the family’s home at Taylor Court, Grangemouth, she said: “The first few months after Jason’s death just passed in a blur. I was on automatic pilot and only have vague memories of Christmas.

“But I know that I have to get on with my life for the sake of the girls. We talk about Jason all the time, but Hayden is old enough now to understand that people are sad when they cry so I try not to in front of them.

“But it’s the little things that hit you. Teigan walked for the first time three days after his death and he missed that. I don’t know how many times they’ve done something and I’ve gone to text him the news, then realised that I can’t. It’s very hard.”

The young widow also admits it has been financially difficult since she lost the family’s sole breadwinner.

But thanks to the Lighthouse Club, the construction industry’s charity, she has received payouts which have helped care for her children.

She said: “If it wasn’t for them I think I would have been back living with my mum. My family and friends have also been brilliant.”

Any compensation payments which might come to the family are unlikely till after the fatal accident inquiry takes place and there is a determination.