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Injury risks for firefighters, part 2: falls and other hazards

In the first part of this post we began discussing the risks of injuries and illnesses that firefighters face on the job.

As we noted, the elevated risk of cancer faced by firefighters is well documented by research studies.

In this part of the post, let’s look at other types of dangers that firefighters encounter as they try to do their jobs. Other first responders, such as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) often face these types of risks as well.

One of these dangers is smoke inhalation. Even if toxic chemicals are not involved, breathing in smoke and fumes can be very harmful.

Smoke and fire are of course not the only hazards that first responders encounter. After all, another elemental force is water, which is used to try to counteract fire. When fire hoses have doused a building, it can create slippery conditions that result in falls.

Burning buildings can also have collapsing roofs and falling objects that injure firefighters.

Firefighters and EMTs who must perform rapid lifting and evacuation procedures may also hurt their backs or suffer other injuries associated with their job tasks.

In short, there are a host of hazards that can harm firefighters and EMTs and give rise to a workers’ compensation claim. If you are someone who has experienced such harm, it makes sense to discuss your claim with an attorney who is knowledgeable about work comp cases.

To learn more about our firm’s practice, please visit our page on firefighters and EMTs.

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