& # 39; They have ruined my life & # 39 ;: A former Essendon employee sues the AFL mega-club because of a serious back injury caused by 'constantly carrying heavy barrels and slices of beer'; at his home location

Exclusive: & # 39; They've ruined my life & # 39 ;: A former Essendon employee sues the AFL megaclub due to a serious back injury caused by 'constantly carrying heavy barrels and slices of beer & # 39; at his home location

  • Lee-Anne Beryl Cleland filed a complaint with the Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Mrs. Cleland says she had to carry heavy loads of beer and coins for pokies
  • Claim management had & # 39; head in the sand & # 39; at the height of the doping scandal

Wayne Flower In Melbourne for daily post Australia

A former game room manager at an AFL club filed a lawsuit against the club amid allegations that she was forced to carry huge cargoes that left her a virtual cripple.

Lee-Anne Beryl Cleland claims that the Essendon Football Club ruined her life and threw her aside after she was injured during work.

Ms. Cleland worked from July 2011 to May 2013 for the club in the Napier Street facility in the home of the Windy Hill facility of the bomber.

Greg Cleland and his wife Lee-Anne claim that their lives have been covered up by the Essendon Football Club due to an injury in the workplace set to go to court

Greg Cleland and his wife Lee-Anne claim that their lives have been covered up by the Essendon Football Club due to an injury in the workplace set to go to court

It was the height of what would become known as the doping agenda of the bomber, which ultimately saw the club fined and 34 players suspended for two years.

Ms Cleland, who had 57 kg at the time of her employment, told Daily Mail Australia that she had severely damaged her by lifting everything from heavy loads of coins to beer barrels, plates and heavy concertina ports.

A complaint filed with the Supreme Court of Victoria claims that the bombers violated their duty of care to Cleland in 21 different ways under the health and safety regulations.

The documents state that Ms. Cleland suffered a serious injury to her L4-5 drive, requiring repeated surgery, including an L4-5 discectomy and laminectomy and subsequent instrumented infusion between the organs.

The 58-year-old said that the Bombers management had been in charge of all sorts of things during the tumultuous period.

The home of the Essendon bombers, Windy Hill. It was the location that ruined the life of Lee-Anne Cleland after she suffered severe back pain

The home of the Essendon bombers, Windy Hill. It was the location that ruined the life of Lee-Anne Cleland after she suffered severe back pain

The home of the Essendon bombers, Windy Hill. It was the location that ruined the life of Lee-Anne Cleland after she suffered severe back pain

Former coach of Essendon, James Hird, celebrates with the team after a victory in 2013 in a year that would be contaminated by the drug saga

Former coach of Essendon, James Hird, celebrates with the team after a victory in 2013 in a year that would be contaminated by the drug saga

Former coach of Essendon, James Hird, celebrates with the team after a victory in 2013 in a year that would be contaminated by the drug saga

& # 39; Nobody would say anything or do anything. It is just a weird setup. It is the first location I have ever known (the general manager) had an assistant who was his partner, & # 39; she said.

This caused several complaints to come to the deaf, Cleland claimed.

Ms. Cleland said she was forced to routinely carry 1000 coins in a container without a handle.

& # 39; Every other place where I had worked was 500, & # 39; she said.

Similar beer kegs with 57 kg Lee-Anne Cleland claim that she had to move alone

Similar beer kegs with 57 kg Lee-Anne Cleland claim that she had to move alone

Similar beer kegs with 57 kg Lee-Anne Cleland claim that she had to move alone

According to documents from the court, the bombers did not pay attention to information about the previous spinal cord injury and the operation of Mrs. Cleland when she had to carry out the heavy work.

& # 39; It was just bizarre … I never bitten ** ed. Work was who I am, what I was. That was my identity, "Cleland said.

She said she had not been approached by the bombers despite having multiple operations on her back.

Her husband also lost his job after being distracted by her situation and she lost their home, said Mrs. Cleland.

"They have ruined my life and I have not heard them missing skin or hair … not one phone call," she said. & # 39; We've lost everything. & # 39;

While Clement Cleland continues to pay her 2013 salary, she said it has not compensated her for the life she has lost.

I'd rather be repaired than to have my pay, & # 39; she said.

The bombers have been contacted for comment.

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