Posts Tagged ‘firefighters’

Ohio Gov. Kasich signs firefighter cancer presumption bill into law

10 Jan 2017 by under News

Airport firefighters drill 100x100 Ohio Gov. Kasich signs firefighter cancer presumption bill into lawLast week Ohio joined the ranks of three dozen states that presume firefighters with cancer should receive workers’ compensation, according to Business Insurance and The News-Herald.

Gov. John Kasich signed Ohio Senate Bill 27, named the Michael Louis Palumbo Jr. Act after a fire captain diagnosed with brain cancer, on Jan. 4, 2016. The act allows firefighters to be eligible for workers’ comp benefits if they were involved in at least six years of hazardous duty, according to the news sources. The presumption that the cancer was caused in the workplace can be rebutted only if evidence proves the firefighter smoked or was exposed to tobacco products outside of the office; developed cancer before joining a fire department; is 70 or older; or hasn’t been assigned to hazardous duty in 20 years. (more…)


Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2016 aims to examine cancer risk linked to the job

23 Mar 2016 by under Legal

firefighters at WTC site 100x100 Firefighter Cancer Registry Act of 2016 aims to examine cancer risk linked to the jobThe link between firefighting and certain forms of cancer may not be something you’ve considered, but it is definitely relevant to those working to keep the U.S. safe. That’s why Rep. Richard L. Hanna, (R-NY) introduced a new federal bill to help better our nation’s understanding of the incidence of various cancers in firefighters by developing “a voluntary patient registry to collect data on cancer incidence among firefighters.” (more…)


Asbestos danger lurks in the wake of New York City building explosion

12 Mar 2014 by under Events, News, Research/Treatment

New York building collapse fire photo by NY1 100x100 Asbestos danger lurks in the wake of New York City building explosionNew York City mayor Bill DeBlasio called the catastrophic gas explosion that leveled two buildings in East Wednesday morning “a tragedy of the worst kind.”

Witnesses say that the devastating explosion sent their neighbors “flying out of windows” of the two five-story buildings at 1644 and 1646 Park Ave. near 116th St. Authorities reported two women dead, 22 injured, and up to 12 missing. (more…)


Study indicates firefighters diagnosed with mesothelioma at twice the rate of general population

23 Jan 2014 by under News, Research/Treatment

fire 100x100 Study indicates firefighters diagnosed with mesothelioma at twice the rate of general populationA recent study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) revealed firefighters had a rate of mesothelioma two times greater than the rate in the U.S. as a whole. The research included a combined population of nearly 30,000 firefighters from Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco fire departments who were employed since 1950. (more…)


Studies continue to show increased cancer risk for 9/11 first responders

9 Sep 2011 by under Events, News, Research/Treatment

fdny logo Studies continue to show increased cancer risk for 9/11 first respondersResearch conducted by the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY), and published by The Lancet, provides evidence of an increased risk for cancers of all types among firefighters who were first responders on 9/11. The findings were released on Sept. 3, as American began to reflect on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. This particular study focused on rescue workers who responded to the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. (more…)