All jobs carry a certain risk of having an accident at work but some are more dangerous than others. One of the most dangerous and work injury prone careers is as a fire-fighter.
What types of work injuries are fire-fighters susceptible to?
Being a fire-fighter carries a lot of risk. The obvious one being smoke inhalation and burns as you spend long periods of time trying to extinguish fires which can be out of control. Smoke inhalation can cause serious long-term effects if the proper equipment is not used to help prevent this work injury.
As well as this, the risk of falling whilst carrying out your job as a fire-fighter is high. This is because your job is to go into burning structures which can often be unstable from the fire thus there is a risk that the floor could collapse. Also, if it is night time there is unlikely to be much light so it would be harder to navigate around thus the chance of falling and sustaining a work injury is high.
How to avoid a work injury as a fire-fighter?
It is impossible to completely prevent a fire-fighter from sustaining a work injury because in order to guarantee safety they would basically not be able to do their job. The best way to avoid an accident at work is to always be alert which means listening carefully to what your team is saying and always looking around you. Also, make sure you are always wearing the correct safety equipment when tackling fires and make sure it is not damaged as this could potentially lead to a nasty work injury should your equipment fail.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accidents at work can be anything from a small fall to something more serious such as broken bones and the more dangerous the career the higher the risk. If you have sustained a work injury within the last three years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in cases such as accident at work claims. With years of experience they will make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible.
To find out more about making an accident at work claim speak to an Accident Advice Helpline advisor, on our 24-hour Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, today.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice