Burning buildings not the only hazard

Among the 650 firemen and other workers at the stations, a third of all injuries occurred during “physical exercise” designed to keep them fit.

One in six injuries were caused while transporting patients and this contributed almost half of all lost-time injuries.

Around one in 10 injuries were sustained during drills – the same rate as sustained in actual fire fighting, though a greater proportion of the latter injuries were more serious.

Inj Prev 2011; online 23 Nov