The ETUI, in cooperation with the European Federation of Public Service Unions, has recently published a brochure on working conditions for fire-fighters in Europe. It addresses the "classic" risks involved in this profession (risks from smoke, heat, etc.), as well as the impact of the organisation, structure and funding of fire services on firemen’s health and safety. Brochure author and ETUI researcher Fabienne Scandella finds it deplorable that the often tragic consequences of the accidents which can occur during fire-fighting operations seem to mean that the risks to which those intervening expose their health are neglected. Among other suggestions, therefore, she recommends regular medical monitoring of workers in the sector, including retired fire-fighting staff.
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