Occupational Cancer and Senate Bill 27

Barkan Meizlish , May 13, 2015

Firefighters across Ohio are hoping lawmakers soon pass legislation that will allow them to be compensated if they are diagnosed with cancer while on the job. Currently, cancer rates among firefighters are seven times higher when compared to non-firefighting occupations. Moreover, Ohio is one of the few states where firefighters can’t claim workers compensation for “occupational cancer.”

Because of the toxins and chemicals that are released into the air during a fire, firefighters are much more prone to get cancer. If Senate bill 27 is passed, firefighters would get the presumption that their job is toxic to their health. Thus, if a firefighter was diagnosed with cancer on the job, they would be able to claim workers’ compensation.

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