A worker injured in an underground coal mine in central Queensland in 2009 has received $290,000 in compensation.
Timothy James Klein injured his back while moving a heavy object in the North Goonyella coal mine, north-west of Rockhampton in February 2009.
He wanted $1.9 million from his employer SBD Services but Justice Duncan McMeekin ordered the company to pay $290,000, the ABC reported.
Klein told a Rockhampton court he was attempting to move a rack bar that weighed 180 kilograms. He said he experienced an ‘explosion of pain’ in his lower back when trying to lift it.
But Justice Duncan McMeekin said the weight of the rack bar is still in contention. While acknowledging Klein may not be able to work in the mining industry, he opined Klein had suffered six per cent permanent damage at the most.