BLACK LUNG: 55-year-old Bowen Basin miner diagnosed

ANOTHER Bowen Basin coal miner has been confirmed with coal workers' pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease.

It's the eighth case confirmed by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines since May last year. 

A spokesman said the latest case, a 55-year-old underground coal mine worker, worked at a number of mines in the Bowen Basin and had worked in coal mining for twenty years.

A respiratory physician who was assessing the worker for another chest condition diagnosed early stage black lung.

A confirmed case is where a positive identification of coal worker's pneumoconiosis has been reported to the Health Surveillance Unit of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines by the coal mine worker's Nominated Medical Advisor or other medical expert and validated by the department's occupational physician.

Mining union CFMEU claims the number of black lung cases is closer to 16.


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