Boil­er­maker seeks $775k for man­hole work­place in­jury in Bilo

Central Telegraph - - NEWS - Kerri-anne Mes­ner

A CEN­TRAL Queens­land boil­er­maker is su­ing a com­pany that has gone into ad­min­is­tra­tion for a work­place ac­ci­dent that oc­curred in 2016.

Bren­dan James Muller, 40, was work­ing at a site in Biloela for Gavrock Pty Ltd when he sus­tained an in­jury to his back while lift­ing a man­hole cover.

Doc­u­ments filed with the Supreme Court in Rock­hamp­ton by Mr Muller’s lawyers, Chris Trevor and As­so­ciates, stated Mr Muller had been work­ing on the Dee St line that a man­hole next to power in­fra­struc­ture on Net­ley St was con­nected to.

The doc­u­ment said rain fell on the week­end be­fore the in­ci­dent on Septem­ber 12, 2016, with dirt run­ning into the man­hole, which­had to be cleaned by a vac­uum truck on more than one oc­ca­sion.

Mr Muller used two man­hole lifters to move the man­hole cover from the frame.

He found the man­hole lid very dif­fi­cult to lift be­cause of the dirt washed up around the edges dur­ing the week­end rain.

The doc­u­ment said as he grasped the man­hole cover and at­tempted to lift it to ex­pose the hole, he ex­pe­ri­enced back pain.

He sus­tained soft tis­sue dam­age to the lower back, ag­gra­vated an ex­ist­ing con­di­tion and in­jured the right side of the joint be­tween the spine and pelvis – the sacroil­iac.

Mr Muller’s lawyers are seek­ing up to $776,614 in dam­ages.

Both his lawyers and the ad­min­is­tra­tors for Gavroc were asked to com­ment, but there has been no re­sponse.

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