Mortality and cancer incidence in a pooled cohort of US firefighters from San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia (1950–2009)
Firefighter research shows PPE exposure risk - New testing examines how particles can penetrate firefighter protective gear with some surprising results.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization. Documents from the International Agency for Research on Cancer are referenced within Texas Government Code applicable to Firefighters and EMTs for work-related cancer. Monograph 98 of the IARC references and classifies firefighting and shiftwork as carcinogenic.
Texas Government Code Section 607.055 outlines the Texas Worker’s Compensation Presumptive rule regarding cancer and other contagious diseases.
If you are placed on a No Duty work status for a Workers’ Compensation compensable injury, you will continue to receive your City of Austin paycheck but many things are going on behind the scenes and your participation is required in order for the issues to be handled correctly and promptly.
Once you receive the work status report/DWC-73 from your Doctor or the ER, it is your responsibility to submit a copy to the AFD Work Comp Team within 24 hours.
Texas Department of Insurance
Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC)
Phone: (800) 252-7031
Office of Injured Employee Counsel (OIEC)
The state agency created to help you through the appeal process
Phone: (866) 393-6432
Generally, MMI is reached when you have recovered as much as you are expected to from your injury/ illness OR it is reached statutorily; The Texas Workers' Compensation law establishes MMI is reached at 104 weeks from the date that income benefits began to accrue.
If your treating doctor is certified to perform the MMI exam he would do this when he believes you have reached MMI otherwise he can refer you to a doctor that he knows is certified to perform the exam.
Workers’ Compensation assists personnel when they have been injured on the job. Staff ensure that paperwork is filed correctly, follow-up treatment for injuries is received, and that employees get the proper care for those injuries. Working in conjunction with the Safety Office and the Wellness Center, the Workers’ Compensation section helps ensure that personnel receive appropriate medical intervention, resulting in a return to full-duty status as quickly as possible.
The Workers’ Compensation team provides information and assitance to employees injured in the course of employment. We provide the tools needed to navigate and manage the complex workers' compensation system.
Our Team includes a registered nurse and two very knowledgeable administrators. Customer service is our priority - we are now available seven days a week to accommodate your firefighter schedule. Please contact the Workers’ Compensation team if you have any questions about an injury on the job.