15th case of black lung disease confirmed in Queensland

Australian health professionals have failed twice to identify black lung disease in a central Queensland miner’s X-rays as the latest case is confirmed, the mining union says. A 54-year-old man who worked underground for 36 years at the Carborough Downs mine in the Bowen Basin, who does not want to be named publicly, has been confirmed as the 15th worker to have the disease after it re-emerged in May 2015. The potentially life-threatening disease — also known as coal workers’ pneumoconiosis — was thought to have been eliminated in Australia. The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) said nominated…
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