Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

American Sues Mining Company $1.6 Million; Injured after Large Rock Fell on Head

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

American Sues Mining Company $1.6 Million; Injured after Large Rock Fell on Head

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Byline: adam wratten adam.wratten@capnews.com.au

AN American miner is suing for more than $1.6million after he was hit on the head by a large rock while working underground at a Central Queensland mine.

Joseph Nayak Lane, 32, claims he suffered serious neck and spinal injuries after the rock dislodged from the roof and landed on him at a Middlemount mine.

In a claim for damages lodged with the Supreme Court at Rockhampton, Mr Lane, who hails from West Virginia, said his employer Bounty Mining failed to provide a safe place of work.

Bounty Mining was contracted with Anglo American Metallurgical Coal.

Mr Lane's duties included the installation of roof support with a hydraulic machine known as the Fletcher Roof Bolter.

About 8am, on December 5, 2008, Mr Lane was instructed to use the machine to secure the roof of the last section of roadway which had been cut during the previous shift.

a(He) used the left-hand controls of the roof bolter to insert a three metre roof bolt into the centre of the roof," the claim says. …

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