A LIFELONG miner died as a result of years spent working in local pits, an inquest heard.
Ivan Mountford of George Crescent in Riddings, died aged at the Royal Derby Hospital of chronic obstructive pulminary disease, on September 23 last year.
The 80-year-old spent 39 years as a ripper and a packer at various mines including Selston, Pye Hill and Bentinck collieries, starting when he was just 16.
Assistant deputy coroner Paul McCandless recorded the cause of death as an industrial disease after being satisfied that the Mr Mountford’s eventual was a result of his work.
He said: “It is more likely than not that the death here was as a result of Mr Mountford’s working life as a miner, breathing in coal dust as he would throughout.”
He leaves behind wife Joyce.