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Most everyone can agree: Being a firefighter can be dangerous. Firefighter health risks are real and can have lifelong consequences.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, in 2018, there were 64 fatalities and 58,250 injuries on the job.
While there are advances in training and technology to prevent injuries and death, firefighter health risks still occur.
So what are the top injuries and ailments on the job? Here are some common firefighter health risks. Read on:
The most common of all firefighter health risks is muscle injuries like sprains and strains. This is likely caused by the strenuous nature of the job. Fighting fires is physical work and overexertion and stress can cause muscle aches and pains.
Firefighters can also have cuts, burns and other wounds.
Firefighters are normally injured at the scene of a fire or other emergency; however, there are injuries that occur while GOING to and from a fire or emergency. Some of these injuries can be: Broken bones, head injuries or cuts and lacerations.
The fact is, many firefighter health risks are due to exposure to dangerous chemicals and other hazardous materials while on the job. These exposures can cause many health issues, including cancer. Connor, Kimmet and Hafenstein LLP has developed handled numerous firefighter cancer cases successfully throughout the State of Ohio.
While on the job, firefighters can come into contact with asbestos and other dangerous materials. They can also be exposed to diseases like HIV and hepatitis.
For firefighters, the risks are a part of the job, but if you or a loved one has been injured at work, there is help available.
Connor Kimmet and Hafenstein LLP
If you or a loved one is a firefighter who has been injured, contact us today for a consultation. We will make sure your rights are protected and you get the compensation you deserve.