Victorian Firefighters fight for increase in workcover protection

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The recent series of Victorian bushfires  has seen renewed pleas for the Victorian State Government to review the WorkCover scheme to injured / ill firefighters in order to decrease “the burden of proof” related to various cancers caused during their employment.

Victorian Firefighters fight for increase in workcover protection

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It is widely known that firefighters are at a significant risk of contracting certain types of cancer as a result of exposure to various chemicals whilst performing their job.

Sid you know that several other states,  such as  SA, Tas, and WA have long introduced workcover legislation to decrease the burden of proof for injured firefighters battling particular types of cancer. Likewise, similar laws are also in place at a federal level, where particular types of cancer are  simply (and rightly)“deemed” to be connected to a firefighter’s duties. However, to date, no such workcover legislation exists to protect our Victorian firefighters.

Victorian firefighters currently have to prove that their injury/illness has been caused by their employment – which means they are subjected to the same legislative requirements as other, regular injured/ill workers. Needless to mention that workcover routinely denies a certain type of cancer was caused at work.

The United Firefighters Union has recently repeated the need for Victorian laws to reflect the same protections for injured/ill firefighters in other jurisdictions/states.

 

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I don’t agree with the demands of the fire fighters union over this so called presumptive legislation or automatic acceptance of workcover claims. True fire fighter have exposure to chemicals but so do many workers in heavy industry. Why should one not have to prove that their cancer is work related and simply have their claim automatically accepted yet the other has to prove that it is work related in order to get their claim accepted to get income and medical payments for it? The list of cancers the fire fighters union are demanding automatic acceptance of workcover claims for… Read more »