Coal museum death inquest

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An inquest has opened into the death of a South Yorkshire worker killed in an underground accident at the National Coal Mining Museum.

Mining electrician Michael Buckingham, aged 58, was working on a project to expand the museum’s famous underground tour, Wakefield Coroner’s Court was told.

Mr Buckingham, who lived in Grimethorpe, Barnsley, became trapped in machinery being used for the project on Tuesday just after 8am.

It is understood he was part of a team of contractors and was not employed by the museum in Wakefield.

Mr Buckingham was taken to A&E at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, but died from his injuries.

A provisional post-mortem examination report gave his cause of death as crush injuries to the chest.

A full investigation by the Health and Safety Executive and West Yorkshire Police is being carried out.

West Yorkshire Deputy Coroner Melanie Williamson adjourned Mr Buckingham’s inquest pending the outcome of the investigation.

A full inquest will be heard before a jury