Extend Workers Compensation To Firefighters. Pleads Son

by Medindia Content Team on  May 5, 2006 at 8:00 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Extend Workers Compensation To Firefighters. Pleads Son
Nathan Shaw, the son of a Hamilton firefighter who died of cancer consequent to battling a fire in Plastimet has urged lawmakers to extend workers compensation scheme to firefighters as well. Shaw says it's a shame that Ontario does not have a package for industrial diseases.

New Democrat Andrea Horvath has introduced a bill seeking to rectify this glitch. Capt. Bob Shaw, Nathan's father spent four days fighting the Plastimet fire in July 1997. He developed cancer because of this and later died. The Ontario Firefighters Association says that there is a clear link between plastic and cancer since Shaw was healthy enough before the Plastimet tragedy. However, the Ontario province maintains that there is no proof his throat cancer was caused by fire. "Cancer is a horrible disease," Shaw told reporters "The last thing someone fighting cancer needs is another fight."

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Cancer of all kinds is prevalent in the Firefighting Profession. 34 years of Firefighting left my husband with tonsil, lymnode & glandular cancer! I know of many other professional firefighters that gave their lives up to cancer. These dedicated men need to have their job related diseases recognized! not denied! They risk their lives daily for others! At what risk?
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