A veteran worker from North Staffordshire’s mine rescue team is having difficulty securing injury compensation for osteoarthritis of the knee – because the government does not believe he worked underground, it has been revealed.
Peter Kenny, 75, spent 23 years with the team and now suffers from a condition known as miner’s knee, for which he is entitled to injury compensation, the Sentinel reports.
However, he was asked to prove that he has worked underground after submitting a claim and was even told that the gold and silver service medals he received from the mines rescue team were not sufficient proof.
"They said I’d need to provide evidence because my employer, the Coal Board, no longer existed," Mr Kenny told the paper.
"When I told them about my medals they said I could have got those while working on the surface."
The Department for Work and Pensions announced in April that thousands of miners suffering from miner’s knee would be able to claim injury compensation from the government.