Firefighters consistently put their lives at risk for the sake of their communities, running into burning buildings as everyone else runs out. This is why firefighters and their families should be paid the highest amount of respect and gratitude.
A Massachusetts firefighter was recently killed in the line of duty, but it was not from smoke inhalation or anything else fire related. He died from injuries he sustained after a fire department vehicle he was working on slipped from a jack and fell on top of him.
The Boston Herald reported today that the Salisbury fire lieutenant, a 27-year veteran, suffered internal injuries and broken ribs as a result of the accident on Friday. The firefighter was hospitalized for his injuries and was listed in critical condition until he died on Sunday afternoon.
The firefighter had been working on the vehicle because he was the department mechanic, the State Fire Marshal said, before calling the man a “dedicated firefighter.” The exact cause of the accident has not been determined by investigators as of yet.
Depending on factors such as the cause of the accident, the firefighter’s family may be able to receive compensation for their tragic loss. Workplace accidents like this can leave families in dire financial situations, especially if the worker who was killed was the family’s sole provider.
There are several ways the family of a worker killed on the job may be able to receive compensation. They can seek workers’ compensation death benefits, file a third-party injury claim or sue the employer if negligence on behalf of the employer contributed to the accident.
While none of these things will take away the pain of losing a loved one, they may be able to provide the family with financial security during this difficult time.
Source: Boston Herald, “Salisbury firefighter dies after station accident,” 8/1/2011.