Worker claims under $1m for injury

A ROCKHAMPTON boilermaker who hurt his back while hoisting a lug mount as he worked on a dump truck is suing for close to $1 million.

Anthony Morgan Warwick, 39, says he suffered back injuries, including a slipped disc, when he squatted down and pulled the lug towards him with all his strength.

“As he pulled he felt an intense heat spasm in his spine,” says a claim lodged with the Supreme Court at Rockhampton late last week.

Mr Warwick’s claim says he wasn’t provided with the proper training and appropriate safety measures were not in place.

He’d been asked to perform repair work on the trays of dump trucks in January, 2008.

“Having not previously repaired the tray of the body of a dump truck and not having been provided with any specific instructions, information or training on how to perform the process, the plaintiff worked with another experienced boilermaker who had performed the work required,” the claim says.

“The plaintiff saw this worker remove the two hoist lug mounts from the tray of the dump truck and then gouge the steel plate and channel on one side of the lug and then physically pull the lug (which weighed more than 50kg) which was pivoted on its apex over from one side onto its other side and then gouge out the remaining plate and channel on the other side of the plate.

“The plaintiff attempted to perform the same manoeuvre performed by this worker, namely the pulling of the lug from one side to the other.”

The claim, which lists Altertvale Pty Ltd and Old Number 7 Investments Pty Ltd as the defendants, is for $963,906, including $620,000 for future economic loss.

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