Firefighters support addition of four more cancers to Workers Compensation Act
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WINNIPEG — The city firefighters union is appearing in the Manitoba Legislature today to lend support to a bill that adds four cancers to those already covered by the Workers Compensation Act.
Alex Forrest, head of the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg, will address the Standing Committee on Social and Economic Development at 1 p.m. He will speak about the inclusion of four more cancers into the section of the act that deals with presumtive legislation and recognizes the connection between firefighting and occupational cancers.
Bill #6 adds four more cancers to the list: breast, skin, prostate and multiple myloma.
With the passing of the bill, 15 cancers will be covered for firefighters in the province. According to the union, it means when a firefighter is diagnosed with one of those cancers, it is presumed to be related to the occupation. This lets the firefighter concentrate on battling the disease and not worrying about the financial impact on his or her family.