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Dust theory on death of former pitman, 62

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 12, 2013

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A FORMER coal miner who worked underground for almost 30 years died from lung problems, an inquest heard.

Brian Davies died in November, aged 62, at his home in Princess Avenue, Swadlincote.

Mr Davies worked at Cadley Hill pit between 1980 and 1988, before switching to Donisthorpe and then Dormill colliery, before retiring.

Dr Deirdre McKenna, a consultant histo-pathologist at the Royal Chesterfield Hospital, carried out a post-mortem examination on Mr Davies.

Giving evidence at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner’s Court, she said that she found extensive cancer throughout his organs and in his lymphnodes

She said: “There was a significant tumour in his left lung. Smaller tumours were also spread around his body.

“But I would say that the primary source of the cancer was in his lungs.

“They were black in colour, caused by the coal dust, and there was evidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and coal miners’ pneumoconiosis.”

Assistant deputy coroner Paul McCandless heard that Mr Davies had been a heavy smoker his whole life and even while receiving oxygen therapy at home, he continued to smoke.

Mr McCandless recorded a narrative verdict into the death of Mr Davies.

He said: “Brian Davies worked in a coal mine for the best part of 30 years.

“He was a smoker of tobacco. He had cancer that had travelled from his lungs around his body.

“His chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and coal miners’ pneumoconiosis all contributed to his death which was caused by exposure to the coal dust.”

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