An employer can order a fireman to submit to a physical exam eight years after he was initially awarded total disability benefits for occupational heart and lung disease, the Commonwealth Court has ruled.

The court in City of Philadelphia v. Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board (Welsch), PICS Case No. 99-0710 (Pa. Commw. April 14, 1999) Pellegrini, J. (8 pages), rejected the claimant’s argument that all occupational diseases are irreversible.