Cleaner sues for $1 million after accident at coal mine


A cleaner is suing her former employer after allegedly falling down a staircase and hitting her head.

Mary Louise Valler was working for TK and KM Pty Ltd at the time of the accident, a company contracted to undertake work for the Burton Coal Mine Pty Ltd.

Both companies are listed as defendants in the upcoming hearing, the Morning Bulletin reported.

Claims lodged in the Supreme Court in Rockhampton state that Valler, a heavy machinery cleaner, was walking to her room in 2009 when she tripped on a defect causing her to fall down the stairs and hit her head on a metal pole.

The documents say that Valler’s injuries prevent her from working as a cleaner and have left her with  permanent impairment of the thoracic spine and a sustained traumatic brain injury.

Valler’s lawyers said she has been rendered unemployable.

The documents allege the defendants created an unreasonable risk of injury.

If successful Valler could be awarded $1,009,388.    

Valler’s lawyers said they were hoping for a trial date to be set down for sometime next year.


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