There are jobs within certain industries that are more dangerous than others.
However, no matter what the level of inherent danger in a job, the majority
of employers in Pennsylvania are required to carry workers' compensation
insurance to cover expenses in the event that an employee is
injured at work.
Fighting fires is one of those occupations that is likely much more inherently
dangerous than many others. There was recently a fire at an industrial
building in Pennsylvania that resulted in a workplace injury for two firefighters
that responded to the scene.
The fire started when rags that had been used to clean a hood exhaust system
caught fire in one of two dryers being used on site at the industrial
building. According to an employee at the building, those rags are used
repeatedly for this task and have never before caused a problem of this nature.
One of the injured firefighters suffered a burn to her hand while the second
firefighter who was injured struggled from shortness of breath. The first
was treated at a medical facility and the second was checked out in an
When an individual is injured on the job there are many aspects of the
situation and the injury that can complicate their recovery of workers'
compensation benefits. One of these complications is the determination
of who the employer is and if it was truly an injury that was incurred
in the line of duty.
The complication that could potentially arise for these individuals is
that they were volunteer firefighters.
If they incurred medical expenses or experienced lost wages as a result
of their injuries they would likely be looking for compensation to cover
those financial obligations. However, in this situation it may be more
difficult to recover.
Source: Firehouse, "Two Pa. Firefighters Injured at Industrial Building Fire,"
Brian C. Rittmeyer, Sept. 18, 2013