An Australian postman has won the right to claim compensation for injuries he sustained from years of throwing the mail.
Mark Anderson, 47, from Northern Melbourne has worked as a postman for twenty years, delivering mail to 900 letterboxes a day.
Mr Anderson claims that due to the repetitive “forceful flicking motion” he believes it has caused the long-term pain in his thumb and the rest of his hand.
Mr Anderson added that his duty of flicking the letter prompted the issue and in turn, should be considered an employment injury.
He said: “I noticed the pain would come on every time I flicked a letter into the box or would roll my wrist over to get ready to do so, It feels like a stabbing pain.”
However, Australia Post refused his personal injury claim in 2014, adding that a medical witness proved the issues stemming to arthritis.
The case was taken to Administration Appeals Tribunal, were it was decided that the employment injury had added to the underlying arthritic condition.
Dr Damien Cremean, Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Australia Senior Member ruled Mr Anderson was eligible for compensation for his condition and overruled the company’s former decision.