All job roles present risks to employee health and safety. That being said, there are some roles that present a higher risk of occupational injury and illness, which is true of the duties expected of firemen.
Accidents at work for firemen
It is fair to say that firemen are expected to work in extremely hazardous conditions which can lead to occupational illness and injury.
Because of the high-risk environment that firemen are expected to work in, the Health and Safety Executive has published statements to suggest how the ‘Fire and Rescue Service should comply with health and safety at work duties within their operational work.’
Common work-related injuries and illness among firemen include, but are not limited to:
- Overexertion and strains
- Injury due to exposure to hazards, including burns
- Respiratory issues caused by inhalation of smoke
- Fractures, sprains and strains caused by slips, trips and falls
It should also be noted that the majority of work accidents firemen experience occur at the scene, in and outside of the structure in question. Although accidents can occur outside of these locations, these are generally considered low-risk environments.
Firemen accidents and employer responsibility
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, states that employers must ‘ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of their employees’. Although firemen are expected to undertake high-risk tasks which cannot be avoided, this isn’t to say that employers cannot provide extensive training programmes and sufficient personal protective equipment.
If you suffer an accident at work, and believe that your employer is responsible, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for the harm and distress you have endured. Your employer could be liable for your work-related accident if they have failed to take preventative measures to protect your health and well-being.
Claiming for your accident at work
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have over 10 years’ experience of assisting victims of work-related personal injury with winning the compensation they deserve for the harm they have suffered.
No matter the nature of your work-related accident, get in touch with one of our friendly advisors today on our freephone number 0800 689 0500. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to fit around your day-to-day life. Call us today, our 100 per cent no-win no-fee* promise means that you’ve absolutely nothing to lose.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown