Everybody, no matter their occupation, is at risk of workplace injuries, but some jobs are more dangerous than others. One such job is firefighting. A recent study has shown that, apart from the more obvious high risk to injury, firefighters may also be more prone to heart attacks.
Firefighters across the United States, including California, are exposed daily to possible death or injury, while saving the lives of others. It is a well-known fact that a firefighter's job is difficult and stressful, but this recent study exposed a risk to firefighters about which no one has ever thought. The researchers of the study found that one of the leading causes of death among firefighters is sudden heart attacks.
The study suggests that the extreme heat firemen are exposed to, in conjunction with the physical effort required to save victims, stimulates blood clotting and damages blood vessels. During the study, firefighters were exposed to harsh circumstances, and it was found that their body temperature increased by within approximately 2 degrees Fahrenheit in a 20-minute period. As their bodies lost water, their hemoglobin increased, meaning their blood became more concentrated.
Workers' compensation claims may be filed by employees after suffering injuries while on duty. When a Californian firefighter suffers a heart attack while on the job, a workers' compensation claim may be filed by the firefighter, or the family in case of death. Benefits awarded in a successful workers' compensation claim may assist the incapacitated worker or surviving family in dealing with many of the expenses that result from these types of tragedies.
Source: www.i4u.com, "Firefighters face higher heart attack risk due to extreme heat", Hira Bashir, Accessed on Oct. 25, 2017