Latest case of Black Lung diagnosed

Another, now eighth, case of Black Lung has been diagnosed in a Queensland coal miner.

The case, in a 55 year old Queensland miner, was suspected in early May, and was announced as a new potential case only a week before a man in his early forties – the youngest yet – was identified.

This takes undoubtedly confirmed cases to eight so far, although the CFMEU expects this figure to increase.

“We’re projecting that we’re going to have 16 per cent of current and retired coal mine workers with pneumoconiosis,” CFMEU industry health and safety representative Jason Hill said.



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