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

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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."

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