A miner who was fired from Mandalay Resources’ Costerfield mine just weeks after being injured on the job says he has been left devastated by the company’s actions.
Dean Marcon, 37, was working as a grout crew member at the mine last November when cement and water got into his gumboot, causing irritation and burns.
Marcon claims he was told by a supervisor he could not take time off work as it would affect the company’s workplace injury record.
Instead he was made to do light duties for a short period before returning to his regular job.
However Marcon says he received a negative performance review after complaining about his treatment, and his contract was terminated.
Law experts Maurice Blackburn have lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Commission against Mandalay Resources.
Lawyer Kamal Farouque said Mandalay Resources had breached a number of workplace rights.
"When Dean tried to call in sick after the cement injury, he was told by a supervisor to turn up at work because if he stayed at home it would affect the company's workplace injury record," Farouque said.
"When the company finally arranged for Dean to receive medical treatment three days later, the doctor said he should have sought treatment immediately after the injury occurred, as cement can continue to burn skin even after it has been washed off.
"This mining company has shown a fundamental disregard to workers' rights, including the right to take sick leave and make a complaint.
"Dean is now unemployed and living in a remote town with limited prospects for finding a job.”
Macron said he has been left devastated by the loss of his job.
“I just wanted to go to work and do my job. I’m worried about my family’s financial position and how I’m going to get another job,” he said.