Amputee awarded right to compensation

A gas pipeline worker has been granted the right to workers compensation for an infection which resulted in amputation of his lower leg.

The Gladstone Observer reported Brian Johns had to go to appeal in the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission after he was denied compensation.

Johns, who was employed by Civil Tec as a machine operator constructing foundations, was frequently required to walk in gumboots through muddy water, which got into the boots and infected a wound on his toe.

The infection resulted in amputation of the toe in late 2012, then the foot in February 2013, followed by the lower leg in June.

Testing in October 2012 had revealed that the wound was infected with Staph A and Acinetobacter.

In his initial application for compensation Johns said the wound to his toe was a blister caused by the gumboots, however it was later shown that Johns had burned the toe while riding a motorbike without shoes.

The first application was lodged in July 2013, which was rejected.

On appeal expert medical evidence showed the infection was likely to have come from contact with dirty water during Johns’ employment, resulting in the ruling that the compensation claim should be accepted.

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