On behalf of Castrodale Law, LLC posted in workplace safety on Monday, March 12, 2018.
Emergency responders encounter danger on a daily basis. Sometimes, a responder is hurt in a single accident. In the case of firefighters, however, it’s also possible that exposure to chemicals may do damage over time.
Although these dangerous chemicals are an unavoidable part of the job, there are ways to reduce their effects on firefighters. Fire chiefs are aware that they can make the workplace better, but a lack of funding has prevented them from purchasing safer equipment.
In response to the overwhelming requests for safety, the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation has recently agreed to provide an extra $2.4 million to fire departments across the state. This money will help firefighters protect themselves from cancer-causing toxins.
Fire chiefs have already discussed the most important purchases they plan to make. Some chiefs seek to replace their old washing machines with special units that can remove carcinogens from gear. Others will invest in protective hoods and gloves. The goal of the equipment is to repel chemicals before they come into contact with skin or lungs.
In a survey throughout Ohio, researchers discovered that firefighters faced much higher rates of cancer than the average resident. The most common types of cancer suggested that much of the damage is airborne. Fires can release hazardous chemicals inside smoke as they burn. Even if a worker suffers this kind of occupational disease rather than a one-time injury, they can ask an attorney about their options for compensation.
The bureau hopes that these funds will make a difference in the lives of these brave firefighters. While workers knowingly risk their lives each day, they should not have to suffer illness if it might be preventable.