Miner hits compo out of park
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.