T.O. fireman who died of cancer gets full honours
Firemen have some of the highest cancer rates of any profession; the fact that they are now recognizing this as a "work-related" health hazard is great (though it took a pretty long time). It will be interesting to see if this trickles down to other professions--I'm thinking about the thousands of miners from in and around my home town who have died of work-related cancer. These deaths far outnumber those who, say, die in mine explosions, but cancer victims seldom get the same kind of memorial attention as the mine accident victims.
Gary Wilson, 48, died Friday of colon cancer after repeated exposure to chemicals and smoke from 24 years on the job.
His death has been recognized as work-related by the Workplace Safety Insurance Board, meaning his family will be compensated.
He is one of about a dozen Ontario firefighters to receive compensation for colon cancer, which was not recognized as work-related until nearly a year ago.