Dr Eilir Morgan crushed by digger bucket, inquest hears

Dr Eilir Morgan Dr Morgan was the university's first Welsh-medium lecturer in marine ecology

Related Stories

A university lecturer died when he was struck by a mechanical digger's bucket and crushed against a wall, an inquest in Caernarfon, Gwynedd, has heard.

Dr Eilir Morgan, 29, was helping with re-building work at the farm where he lodged in Llanrug in April.

Dr Morgan, who worked at Bangor University, died of a head injury.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, coroner Dewi Pritchard-Jones said it happened when the lever got caught in the coat of the driver.

Dr Morgan was a lecturer at Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences.

He was helping with rebuilding work and the digger was being used to break up concrete. A woman operating it was getting off and her coat caught on a lever, the inquest heard.

Pathologist, Dr Mark Lord, said death was due to a head injury.

Recording his conclusion, Mr Pritchard-Jones said the accident was caused "entirely because the lever had been caught by the coat".

It was entirely unforeseen and unexpected, the inquest heard.

A family tribute described Dr Morgan as "a special son, brother, boyfriend and friend to many".

It added: "It's very difficult to come to terms with our tragic loss but it is comforting to know that Eilir accomplished such a lot in his short life and that he meant so much to so many people.

"He has left us with many fond memories."

The university said: "He was dedicated to the Welsh language and was a fantastic ambassador for the university and for Wales."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC North West Wales

Weather

Anglesey

14 °C 11 °C

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.