Miner hits compo out of park

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

A MAN play­ing cricket at work has been given the OK to claim work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion af­ter cop­ping a knee in­jury while bat­ting dur­ing the game.

Goul­burn mine worker Ben­jamin Austin Back­house was play­ing the two-hour match while on a day off be­tween a week of night­shift and seven days of dayshift.

Em­ployed at a copper and gold min­ing op­er­a­tion near Coober Pedy in South Aus­tralia, by Perth-based Byrne­cut Aus­tralia, Mr Back­house sued Re­turnToWorkSA af­ter it re­jected his claim, ar­gu­ing it was not part of his job and had in­stead oc­curred in a so­cial or sport­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

But he suc­cess­fully ar­gued in the South Aus­tralian Em­ploy­ment Tri­bunal the cricket was part of his job as he had to stay awake af­ter a night shift be­fore sleep in or­der to be “re­freshed” for a week of 6am-6pm shifts.

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