Stronger Workers Comp for Black Lung Sufferers

Laws that deliver stronger workers’ compensation protections for Queenslanders with black lung and associated dust diseases have been passed in state

The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation (Coal Workers’ Pneumoconiosis) and Other Legislation Bill 2017 passed the house yesterday and the Government says they mark a key move for coal workers and others affected by dust diseases such as coal workers’ pneumoconiosis.

The new laws mean workers with a pneumoconiosis, including coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, can re-open their statutory claim to receive further lump sum compensation if their condition deteriorates.

Industry Minister Grace Grace says the streamlined and simplified process means if workers have any concerns, they can access a medical examination through the workers’ compensation scheme.

“No fault statutory compensation through WorkCover is available, along with common law damages.”

Ms Grace says an additional statutory lump sum compensation is now available for workers diagnosed with coal workers’ pneumoconiosis from exposure to coal dust in the workplace.

The Bill also allows the electrical safety regulator to review the competency of those seeking a license or looking to renew one.

It also means the regulator will be able to immediately suspend an electrical worker’s licence in specific and extremely serious circumstances, in the interests of protecting the safety of others.