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Miner suing Anglo over unsafe work area

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A Queensland man is suing Anglo American for $1.3 million claiming an accident at a Queensland coal mine left him with permanent spine injuries.

In his claim, the worker said he had been operating a dozer in the steep key cut of a dragline work area in February 2008, at Anglo Coal’s Callide coal mine.

The man said he was reversing the dozer when the machine slipped and dropped 1.5 metres down a rock face, causing his neck and body to twist to the rear, as he was looking behind while reversing, The Morning Bulletin reported.

A cervical spine injury sustained as part of the accident has impacted the man’s ability to work, the claim said.

The worker will argue Anglo failed to provide a safe workplace, with the absence of a properly designed drill pattern plan contributing to the injuries sustained in the accident.

The miner also said the company neglected to drill blast holes appropriately so as to prevent large rocks forming by the blasting process.

The worker has claimed $1.26 million in damages.

Anglo has been given ten days to respond to the claims.

Anglo's Callide coal mine is an open cut operation located about 120km south west of Gladstone.

The site has been the scene of a number of safety incidents over the last few years.

In 2011 operations were halted at the site after a bulldozer was buried during excavation work, Wade Anthony McGovern claims he suffered spinal injuries as the result of a defective water truck at the site in 2008, while in 2007, two men sustained serious burns to their face, arms and legs after an explosion and fire at the mine.

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