Miner defends its bullying processes amid breach of care allegations

Jellinbah Resources say it is committed to ensuring workers at its mines receive support in the face of bullying amid allegations a woman suffered serious psychological damage due to racial abuse on site.

In a claim before the Rockhampton Supreme Court the Indigenous woman alleges her co-workers subjected her to intimidating behaviour and bullying during her work at the site and is seeking $1 million in damages.

The 54-year-old Mackay woman worked as a dump truck driver at Jellinbah mine between 2010 and 2011.

According to the claim the woman was often the brunt of racial taunts, sworn at and humiliated by other worker.

It is alleged these workers did not want her at the mine and made false complaints about her competence as a dump truck driver.

In one instance it is claimed co-workers threatened to push her truck off a steep embankment while she was in it.

“Jellinbah takes the matter of workplace bullying and harassment very seriously,” the company said in an emailed statement.

The miner says it has very robust systems and support processes in place to assist any person who feels they may be the subject of bullying or harassment, with training conducted during induction.

The company says it did not become aware of the allegations until after the woman had finished working at the site, saying it will be defending the claim.

The woman is suing Jellinbah Resources who own the mine, contract company Watpac Civil and Mining and a recruitment agency on the grounds of negligence and a breach of duty of care.

Solicitor George Cowan, who is representing the woman, said his client was exposed to "unacceptable work practices".

"She is unable to return to the mining industry due to her psychiatric injuries," Cowan said.

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