Victorian Greens spokesperson on Health and Emergency Services, Colleen Hartland, will today introduce a new bill into state parliament to support fire fighters who contract cancer on the job.
Ms Hartland’s Accident Compensation Legislation (Fair Protection for Firefighters) Bill 2011 will compensate firefighters who contract certain work-related diseases.
“Firefighters risk their health and life to protect the community, but are not protected themselves. It is almost impossible for firefighters to access WorkCover compensation and insurance if they get cancer from exposure to toxic chemicals and smoke on the job” said Colleen Hartland.
“This legislation will change this unacceptable situation and will ensure that firefighters are protected in the face of work-related illnesses.”
“This protection will no doubt be a welcome relief for firefighters and their families who know that the job comes with a high cancer risk”.