Papplewick pensioner’s death linked to working in coal mines

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The death of a Papplewick pensioner was connected to his 40-year career as a coal miner, an inquest heard.

Ex-pitman Stanislaw Serwicki (86), of Mansfield Road, died at the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) in Nottingham on Tuesday 3rd September. He had been suffering from respiratory problems.

Nottinghamshire coroner Mairin Casey returned a verdict that Mr Serwicki died from an industrial disease linked to his former job.

Miss Casey explained that Mr Serwicki was born in the village of Grzegorowice in Poland on 23rd March 1927.

After moving to the UK, he started work for the National Coal Board (later British Coal) in the mining industry in 1947.

He spent 40 years working on the coalface, surrounded by various machinery, before he retired in 1987.

Most of his career was spent at two former Nottinghamshire pits, Langton Colliery, near Kirkby, and Calverton Colliery.

Miss Casey said Mr Serwicki was admitted to hospital suffering from pneumoconiosis, an occupational lung disease caused by inhaling dust.

A report by Dr Ian Scott, a pathologist at the QMC, found that Mr Serwicki had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was also suffering from pneumonia, heart disease and a kidney injury.

Miss Casey noted that “there was no history that he was a smoker of cigarettes”, therefore his death was in line with coalworkers’ pneumoconiosis.

Mr Serwicki leaves his wife, Joan, daughter Roma, son Michael and son-in-law Guy.

“I extend my sincerest condolences to the family,” concluded Miss Casey.