Ex-miner’s job killed him

A FORMER miner from Langley Mill died as a result of more than 25 years working at the coal face, an inquest has heard.

A post mortem into the death of Jack Moore, of Castle View, by pathologist Dr Andrew Hitchcock showed his lungs had been damaged by exposure to coal dust.

Widow Joyce Moore, 79, said in a letter to the coroner that the 83-year-old had started work at Ormond Colliery opencast site in Shipley in 1959.

He retired in 1985 having worked at Bestwood, Moorgreen and High Hill collieries.

Mr Moore, who was born in Loscoe, died at Ilkeston Community Hospital having been admitted complaining of breathing difficulties.

Passing a verdict of industrial disease, coroner Dr Robert Hunter said he had died from coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, known as ‘black lung’.