Anglo Coal employee sues for $2 million

A Queensland man will sue Anglo Coal for more than $2 million over back injuries sustained at work.

Kade Cumming sustained a back injury while working at the Grasstree Mine in 2013, while replacing a trough roller on a 1.8m conveyor belt with two other men.

Gladstone Observer reported a claim lodged in the Supreme Court said Cumming was holding a trough roller behind his head and twisting his trunk when he “felt a pop in his lower back and immediately experienced severe pain”.

It was claimed that Cumming sustained soft tissue and intervertebral disc injuries which required surgery and caused aggravated pain down the back of his leg.

Cumming also said he couldn’t sit for longer than 10 to 15 minutes without experiencing pain, and experienced an adjustment disorder or depression.

The total claim for $2,038,116 is coupled with allegations that Anglo Coal’s Grasstree management failed to provide a safe place of work, failed to undertake any risk assessment of the task, and has breached duty of care.

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