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Qld committee to hold black lung hearing

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016

A retired miner whose life has been "buggered" by black lung will speak about his health battle at a public hearing about the disease west of Brisbane.

Percy Verrall, aged in his early 70s, is among the speakers at Friday's hearing held by a Queensland parliamentary committee investigating the disease's re-emergence.

Mr Verrall is one of the state's 16 confirmed cases of black lung or pneumoconiosis, an incurable disease previously thought to have been eradicated 30 years ago.

One ex-miner has died from the illness caused by long-term exposure to fine airborne coal dust and the union has said it is aware of more cases.

Mr Verrall has previously told a Senate committee how he had been in and out of hospital with bleeding lungs and could barely walk as a result of the disease following 30 years' working in the mines.

"I said to my wife that if I had found out then that I was going to be like this I would have got out of the mine straight away. It has buggered my life," he said.

Representatives from the Ipswich Retired Coal Miners' Association and CFMEU will also speak at the hearing at the Ipswich suburb of Bundamba.

The Queensland Parliament's Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis Select Committee will hold additional hearings in Brisbane and the regions before Christmas.

The six-person committee will build upon what has already been learned about the disease from a Senate inquiry and independent review.

A report is due back to parliament in April.

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