Moranbah worker claims $3.3 million for injury

A coal miner disabled in an accident at a Moranbah coal mine has lodged a claim in the Supreme Court against BMA for more than $3.3 million.

The Daily Mercury reported that the unnamed employee was injured in January 2013 while unloading cable reel at the Broadmeadow coal mine.

The employee’s arm was trapped after he loosened retaining bolts and "inadvertently placed his left arm into a pinch point position where it was pinned by an unexpected movement of the cable reel”, trapping him for about an hour.

Documents lodged in the Supreme Court showed the employee suffered "an extensive crush injury to the left upper arm with soft tissue and nerve damage from above the biceps to above the elbow joint".

Treatment for the injury required nerve grafting and tendon transfers, which resulted in damage to the nerves in both feet.

The claim for $3.3 million includes $180,000 for pain, suffering and loss of amenities of life, and well as $1.787 million for lost earning capacity and $382,500 for personal and domestic assistance.

A spokesperson for BMA said the company had sought to provide ongoing support to the injured employee.

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