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Firefighting News: Michigan Bill Would Treat Firefighter Cancer as Occupational Hazard

04/22/2013
A bipartisan measure introduced by Republican Sen. Tory Rocca of Sterling Heights, would amend Michigan's worker's compensation law to guarantee benefits for full-time firefighters who develop certain types of cancer while on the job, reports MLive.com. Firefighters rarely have time to test for harmful chemicals before rushing into a burning building and are exposed to cancer-causing carcinogens in almost every instance, according to Mark Docherty, President of the Michigan Professional Firefighters Union, which has advocated for such legislation for more than a decade. "Under the current system, you have to prove you're injured on the job," Docherty said. "That's easy if...

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