Black lung stalks Australia once again

Date: Jul 14, 2016

Australia is home to a number of dangerous jobs that have a variety of salient risks. From construction roles that lead to asbestos claims to operating large machinery that can end in a workers’ compensation claim, the list is almost endless.

An example of this has recently been reported in Queensland, where a miner has been diagnosed with black lung disease.

Black lung strikes again

Mining has always been a job that has made Australians proud. From the early days where people came from all around the country to sieve for gold to the recent explosion in Australia’s minerals sector, mining is an Australian tradition.

However, the legacy of Australia’s coal mining has caught up with a man in Queensland. The 56 year old has been diagnosed with coal workers’ pneumoconiosis.

The Queensland miner had previously worked at the underground coal mine in the Bowen Basin. Many of Queensland’s mining companies are offering free x-rays for workers as as well as having existing x-rays re-read to ensure that coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, if present, is identified.

According to the ABC, this is the fourth case to be identified in less than week.

Queensland government relying on its action plan

Pneumoconiosis, like asthma and cancer, is an umbrella term that refers to a number of diseases. Specifically, it refers to any disease caused by the inhalation of dust, which is deposited deep in the lungs.

In many states it is considered an occupational lung disease, with asbestosis, silicosis and coal workers’ pneumoconiosis all being considered forms of pneumoconiosis.

To address the situation, the Queensland government released a five-point plan in January 2016. With the reemergence of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, the plan aims to ensure that measures are taken to find, identify and prevent the disease from hurting the quality of life Queensland residents enjoy.

The five-point plan includes:

  • Reviewing and improving current screening system.
  • Enforcing the regulated limits on dust levels in coal mines.
  • Improving the collection of information.
  • Investigating possible regulator changes to mine safety legislation.
  • Promoting its importance to the national council of mining ministers.

For those that have been impacted by pneumoconiosis, it is essential to seek medical expertise. It is also important to talk to an experienced compensation lawyer. With their help, you can learn about the options available to you in relation to compensation.

If you would like to know more, contact an expert at Gerard Malouf and Partners today and ask about our no win no fee guarantee.

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