Government department paid compo in black lung case, despite claims disease eradicated

A Queensland Government department says they knew about and paid compensation to at least one worker with black lung disease a decade ago, despite the widespread belief that the illness had been eradicated at the time. Black lung, formally known as coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (CWP), is a potentially deadly lung condition caused by breathing in coal dust. It was thought to have been eradicated in Queensland, but 16 miners have been diagnosed with the condition since late last year. A parliamentary committee is investigating the disease’s comeback, and on Friday heard evidence from the Office of Industrial Relations’ executive director…
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