Miner’s death caused by years in pits

An inquest has found that an Ilkeston born coal miner died as a result of his years down the pit.

Malcolm Percy Newton worked underground for almost 40 years.

He was admitted to the Royal Derby Hospital last year after falling at his home, but died there 17 days later, on September 7, after an existing respiratory problem worsened.

An inquest at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner’s Court concluded Mr Newton died as a result of industrial disease.

Deputy Coroner Louise Pinder said that the significant period of time Mr Newton spent exposed to coal dust led to pneumoconiosis, also known as miner’s lung, causing broncho-pneumonia, which ultimately killed him.

The family of 81-year-old Mr Newton – including his wife Barbara, his two sons and daughter – said in a statement: “He was a hard-working family man and true working-class. It’s a shame that his hard work resulted in this. But he didn’t know that back then nobody did.”