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Ian Nicholls inquest: Bangor University death 'misadventure'

Ian Nicholls Image copyright Bangor University
Image caption Ian Nicholls worked at Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences

The death of a man hit by a metal bar while using a lathe was misadventure, an inquest jury has recorded.

Workshop manager Ian Nicholls, 51, was struck on the head as he worked at Bangor University's School of Ocean Sciences on 5 July last year.

Mr Nicholls, of Benllech, Anglesey, was airlifted to hospital in Bangor and then transferred to a unit in Stoke.

The inquest heard the lathe was not long enough for the piece of metal to be supported at both ends.

Mr Nicholls was working on a project to mount an onboard camera on to a fishing boat but the metal flew off the lathe.

The inquest jury in Llangefni, Anglesey, heard on Thursday that Mr Nicholls had suffered a fractured skull in the incident.

Pathologist Dr Mark Lord agreed with coroner Dewi Pritchard-Jones that it must have been "quite a severe blow".

A Health and Safety Executive inspector said Mr Nicholls was "exceptionally well qualified" but the lathe was not long enough to support the metal at both ends.

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