Recently, the Ohio legislature voted in favor of a bill that will help firefighters with certain types of cancers get the benefits they deserve - both through the workers' compensation system and the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund.
For firefighters in Columbus, Ohio, this news may be no surprise. But to people who are not firefighters, a new study presents some interesting information. Known throughout the workforce as one of the most likely professions to receive an occupational injury, injured firefighters often have the chance to receive workers' compensation.
Many jobs have guidelines requiring that employees stay physically fit while they are working. Professional athletes need to stay in shape during the off-seasons. Construction workers need to stay strong enough to lift heavy materials. Police officers and firefighters in Ohio need to remain in-shape, so they do not get injured while they are fighting crime or fighting fires.
Three firefighters remember vividly the day their lives changed. Firefighters daily respond to reports of possible gas leaks at various locations, and October 31, 2008 began no differently than any other. Everything changed for the three firefighters when a construction worker entered the Hilltop fire station. He had suspected that a gas pipe had been punctured at the construction site he was working on.