NSW coal mine worker found to have black lung

A 61-year-old New South Wales coal mining worker with about 41 years’ coal mining experience who most recently worked at Whitehaven Coal’s Maules Creek mine has been diagnosed with coal workers’ pneumoconiosis or “black lung disease”.

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The worker was previously employed at numerous coal mines in Queensland between 1972 and 2015.

He worked in underground coal mines for several years at the start of his career.