A miner suffered permanent damage to his spine after the dozer he was operating dropped over 1.5m down a rock face while he was reversing.

The miner claims the company owes him $1.3 million in physical and permanent damages following the accident.

His claim states that he was operating a dozer in the steep key cut of a dragline  work area in February 2008. His task required him to rip out rock surfaces prior to removing material with the dragline.

He alleges the dozer slipped and dropped while he was reversing and his neck and body were twisted while he was looking behind him to reverse.

The miner was employed at Biloela’s Anglo Coal Callide Mine when he sustained the injury to his cervical spine. His resulting injury has impacted the man’s ability to work as a plant operator in foreseeable future.

He claimed the company is at fault for failing to ensure a safe workplace, and for failing to properly drill blast holes.

The worker has sought $1.26million in damages.

The company was given less than two-weeks to respond to the claims.

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Source : http://alertforce.com.au/ohs-training/confined-spaces-miner-says-company-owes-him-1-3m-for-injury/