BMA steps up to the plate

WHEN a water truck collided with a conveyor at BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s Broadmeadow mine in February, coal mine contractor Nigel James was left in a critical condition with second- and third-degree burns to the upper half of his body. BMA recently donated $10,000 to the burns unit where James has been receiving treatment since the incident.
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Staff Reporter

BMA chief executive John Smith said the company made the decision to donate the money to the Royal Brisbane Hospital’s burns unit because of the first-class treatment received by James following the devastating accident.

“Nigel was in our thoughts the whole time he was in hospital and we are delighted that he is on the road to recovery,” Smith said.

James, who is now an outpatient at the burns unit, was on hand to present the cheque during one of his monthly visits to have his progress checked and dressings changed.

The money will be used to boost the Polly Miller Travel Bursary which was set up to assist with the cost of auxiliary staff (nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists) attending burns conferences around the world, where they learn the latest in burns care techniques.

RBH burns and trauma surgeon Michael Muller, who received the cheque from James, said it was unusual to receive donations specifically for the travel bursary.

“It is rare that a company involved with a patient gives us a cheque … we are very grateful,” Muller said.

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