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WorkCover win for Hazelwood mine fire excavator operator


Media alert


12 August, 2019



WorkCover win for Hazelwood mine fire excavator operator


A court has ruled that the rare and life-threatening medical conditions developed by an excavator operator who carried out work at the 2014 Hazelwood Open Cut Mine fire does constitute a workplace injury, therefore he should be compensated.


A press conference will be held today to discuss this legal win:


When: Monday August 12, 2019.

Where: Maurice Blackburn Lawyers’ Traralgon Office, Level 1/7 Princes Hwy, Vic.

Time: 11.30am.

Speaking: Injured worker David Briggs and his lawyer, Luke Perilli.


Footage showing the conditions Mr Briggs worked under during the mine fire will also be available.



* Please note: this will be the only opportunity the media will have to speak to Mr Briggs about the court’s decision.



Media inquiries:

Andrea Petrie at Maurice Blackburn 0412 655 264 or