When most people think of dangerous jobs, one of the first ones that comes to mind is the job of a firefighter. Often, firefighters are put in a position where they must run toward hazards while everyone else runs away to help save lives and livelihoods. Unfortunately, a recent incident in California has left 11 firefighters recovering from work-related injuries.
Reports indicate that firefighters were called to the scene of a commercial building that was on fire; the business was reportedly a hash oil manufacturer. When firefighters arrived, they reportedly discovered light to moderate smoke, and some entered the building while others climbed on the roof to “knock down” flames. However, one firefighter reportedly noticed increased pressure and smoke from the rear of the building, prompting responders to begin exiting.
At approximately 6:30 p.m., there was an explosion that witnesses described as similar to a jet engine or freight train; some firefighters were forced to run through a wall of fire while others had to climb down a ladder that was on fire. In total, 11 suffered burns; injuries ranged from minor to serious with two people requiring ventilators. All victims are expected to survive.
While the incident could have had a much more tragic outcome, the fact remains that multiple people willing to risk their lives for others are now left facing what could be lengthy recoveries. Often, medical bills in combination with lost wages are more than many are prepared to handle. As such, California requires employers to provide workers’ compensation insurance benefits in case workers experience work-related injuries. A professional with experience with these benefits can help these victims seek the compensation they deserve.