Employee suing Anglo for $2m, claiming back injury

A FORMER Anglo Coal employee is suing the Australian mining company for more than $2million.

A claim lodged in the Supreme Court at Rockhampton says Kade Cumming, a former underground coal miner, sustained a "lower back" injury during his shift at the Grasstree mine, north-west of Rockhampton, on March 12, 2013.

According to the claim, Mr Cumming injured his back when he was replacing a trough roller on a 1.8m conveyor belt that he was fixing with two other men.

Mr Cumming claims while he was holding the trough roller behind his head and twisting his trunk he "felt a pop in his lower back and immediately experienced severe pain".

As a result of the alleged incident Mr Cumming sustained "soft tissue and intervertebral disc injuries" that required surgery and caused aggravated pain down the back of his leg.

Mr Cumming said he was also unable to "sit for any longer than about 10 to 15 minutes without experiencing pain".

According to the claim, he has also suffered from "an adjustment disorder/depression".

The former employee is suing Anglo Coal (Grasstree management) for $2,038,116, claiming it failed to provide a safe place of work, failed to undertake any risk assessment of the task and breaching a duty of care.

INJURY STATS

The Department of Natural Resources and Mines' Queensland mines and quarries safety performance and health report for July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, shows there were 38 permanent incapacities reported for 2013-14, compared to 32 in 2012-13.

The number of injuries and where they happened:

21 from surface coal (16 in 2012-13)

6 from underground coal (7 in 2012-13)

3 from metalliferous surface (6 in 2012-13)

6 from metalliferous underground (1 in 2012-13)

2 from quarries (2 in 2012-13)



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