Injured miner awarded half million in compensation

Former miner Phillip Hughes has been awarded more than half a million dollars in damages after he injured himself at the North Goonyella coal mine.

Former miner Phillip Hughes has been awarded more than half a million dollars in damages after he injured himself at the North Goonyella coal mine.

Hughes, 48, won $550 000 in damages after he tripped over a chain and severely injured his arm, according to the Daily Mercury.

He has reportedly lost his career as a miner, is in constant pain and has extensive problems with his left shoulder.

The compensation included $350 000 for ‘future economic loss’ as Hughes lost his job as a fitter.

The accident occurred on 19 August, 2006, when a small hook on a hanging from a doorway chain became caught on his clothes as he attempted to walk over it, tripping him.

Hughes suffered a serious injury to his shoulder, which will now need a joint replacement in the future.

He sued the coal mine, which is operated by Peabody Energy, and his employer Tucaby Engineering for medical costs and future earnings.

Justice Duncan McMeekin, who presided over the case, said that the incident report stated that the low hanging chain presented a temptation for workers to step over it, rather than bypass it.

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