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"You hear protective gear and you say oh that should protect you against everything but it doesn't it's protecting us against thermal injury and physical injury but the toxins in the environment that we work in still absorb through the gear into our skin," Andy Rigsbee, President of the Springfield Professional Firefighters Union said.
Rigsbee said because of the workplace conditions firefighters have a much higher risk to contract certain type of cancers the Palumbo Act covers.
The Ohio House Insurance Committee has postponed a vote on House Bill 27, but will hear a reading of the bill next week.
The sponsor of House Bill 27, Rep. Thomas Brinkman R-Cincinnati, did not respond to requests for comments on the bill. A member of his staff said Brinkman has received several media requests about the topic.
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