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Gabrielle Lis

Macho workplace cultures and frictional compensation systems yield financial and emotional stress for miners with back injuries.

According to the statistics, mining is a reasonably safe industry in Australia, reporting less fatalities and serious compensation claims than transport, agriculture, construction and even administration. However, miners who are injured at work may have to contend with macho attitudes (for example, the “only slackers need modified duties” vibe exemplified in this story from 2018) while also managing a process many people find stressfu...

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