It is not surprising that firefighters have, at times, very dangerous occupations.
This danger has caused three Pennsylvania firefighters to be
injured at work while responding to a fire call in an attempt to rescue a woman and a
young girl. One of the three firefighters sustained serious injuries and,
unfortunately, the woman and girl did not survive the fire.
As previous posts in this blog have stated, employers are required to take
any action that is reasonably necessary to ensure the safety of their
employees while they are executing the duties and responsibilities required
of their occupation. In addition, most employers are required to carry
workers' compensation insurance so that in the event that one of their
employees is injured on the job, he or she can be compensated accordingly.
However, some occupations, such as being a firefighter, are innately dangerous.
This is one of the reasons that workers' compensation is so important.
The firefighters in this case reported to the scene of the fire and entered
the building attempting to save those that were trapped inside. They were
very brave as they entered the burning building even after they were unable
to get water from a hydrant. According to reports, when they entered the
building there was heavy smoke which severely deteriorated visibility.
Then a flashover occurred, which happens when a room becomes very hot
and the temperature spontaneously ignites flames. It is similar to an
explosion. This flashover is what caused the injuries to the men. The
firefighters ended up calling for help and having to be rescued from the
In situations such as this one, where individuals suffer from a work-related
injury, they may be able to recover workers' compensation benefits.
Workers' compensation benefits usually come in the form of monetary
compensation. These benefits will help to cover most financial obligations
that arise as a result of the injury. This includes lost wages as well
as medical expenses paid for recovery from the accident.
Source: Firehouse, "Flashover Catches Pa. Firefighters at Deadly Blaze," Feb. 19, 2013