Working as a fire fighter can be dangerous. Fire fighters are at a higher risk of burns and broken bones but other injuries in this type of role vary from minor to severe and can include:
- Minor to severe burns
- Slips, trips and falls
- Crush Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Back Injuries
Alongside these injuries fire fighters can be exposed to various toxins and chemicals which have been known to harm your health. Symptoms of harmful exposure include:
- Skin reactions
- Lung damage
In the event of any accident at work we always advise you seek medical attention first. Make sure your accident is recorded in the accident book if not at the time of accident then as soon as possible afterwards.
The accident book is very important when making a claim for compensation. Although the compensation is not dependant on an entry in the accident book it will certainly help us to present your case with as much evidence as possible.
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Fire-fighters on call have to drive at speed along busy main roads, in order to get to the scene of a fire quickly. Driving at these speeds in a big truck, whilst trying to avoid traffic, is extremely dangerous and can cause road traffic accidents.
Training is essential for fire-fighters, as they must be fit and healthy in order to complete their job. However, if the training exercises are not planned out correctly or a sufficient warm up is not instructed, fire fighters participating in these activities can become injured. If it is proven that your injuries are at the fault of somebody else, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
It is crucial that fire fighters are provided with personal protective equipment, as their jobs can be extremely dangerous and sometimes even life risking. Personal protective equipment includes a helmet, a flash hood, clothes with reflective tape, a face mask, a contents gauge, a personal radio, an air cylinder, a cylinder valve, and a distress signal unit. As an employer, failure to provide the essential equipment for a fire fighter can hold you responsible if any injuries occur at work. It is also the employer’s duty to ensure that all fire fighter’s equipment is safe and working, and that anything broken is replaced as soon as possible.
Injuries to fire fighters can also occur at the fire ground. If this is the case, you may be able to claim for compensation against your employer, or even the person whose negligence caused the fire.
If you have been injured in the workplace due to any of the above circumstances, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. This requires adequate evidence that your employer or another colleague is held responsible for your injuries.