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Ski Accidents and Safety
Ski season is in full swing. We have had significant snowfall and eager skiers are hitting the slopes in droves. It’s going to be a great season. Remember, though, that winter sports—with the crowds, the weather, and the slippery slopes can be dangerous. In fact, according to the Canadian Ski Council, Downhill skiing and snowboarding are the second and third most dangerous snow and ice activities in the county.
Heading out to enjoy a day of skiing or snowboarding? Take some time to review a few simples safety tips and read the skiers’ responsibility code. Dress appropriately. The clothing you wear in the cold matters a lot, so layer up. Layers are convenient because they allow you to moderate your temperature by taking things off or putting them on. They help to keep freezing moisture off you skin and keep you comfortable as you enjoy your day out.
Wear a helmet. Wouldn’t you want o do everything you can to reduce your chances of a traumatic head injury ? Don’t let your helmet give you a false sense of security, though. People with helmets still get hurt if they are not careful.
Take your phone. Be sure you program in the number for the ski patrol. You’ll want to carry your phone so it is accessible if you’re in a difficult situation where you may not have full movement.
Stay with a buddy. Someone should always know where you are. If you lose sight of your buddy, assume he or she is in danger and try to regain contact immediately.
Follow the skiers’ Responsibility Code.
o Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
o People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
o Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
o When starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
o Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
o Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
o Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
o Ensure you have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely prior to using any lift.
Following these simple procedures on your next ski adventure will make the experience more enjoyable for you and the people around you. Our Ottawa injury lawyers wish you a happy, safe ski season..
The recent release of the McClelland task force report on marijuana legalization in Canada has raised some serious concerns for public safety; in particular drug impaired driving . Drug-impaired driving is a major concern as the legalization of the substance becomes a reality in our country and, moving forward, there is a lot to be done to ensure the safety of drivers on the road In November, a CAA poll found 63 per cent of Canadians worry that road safety will decline when marijuana is legalized.
Public Education Needed for Drug Impaired Driving
Currently, Ontario drivers impaired by drug use face fines of up to $180 and a licence suspension for the first occurrence. These new laws were implemented in October to give police more leverage to get impaired drivers off the roads immediately. This is a sound start and sends a strong message, but, to ensure the safety of Ontario drivers, there needs to be a drastic increase public education and improvement in the available tools that police have to detect impairment.
Marijuana is not easy to detect using a simple breathalyzer test. To detect THC, urine tests, which are often unreliable, or invasive blood tests remain the only available tools. To complicate the issue, Canada has not established a legal limit of THC content in drivers.
Last year, police in Canada charged only 1,575 people with drug-impaired driving, compared to 50,853 for suspected drinking and driving. *(statistics Canada)
According to a study conducted by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, marijuana impairs the cognitive and motor abilities necessary to operate a motor vehicle and doubles the risk of crash involvement, placing everyone else on the road at risk of serious injury or death.
If you have been injured by a drug-impaired driver, your claim for compensation may include:
* Non-Earner Benefits
* Caregiver Benefits
* Housekeeping and Home Maintenance Benefits
* Attendant Care Benefits
* Medical and Rehabilitation Benefits
Drinking and driving don’t mix. Drugs and driving don’t mix. PERIOD.
Inviting a few friends over to celebrate the season or ring in the new year? Your social host liability and responsibilities go further than just providing the memorable music, drinks and delicious appetizers. As a social host, you are responsible for ensuring the safety of your guests. While you don’t have the same responsibilities as someone who runs a bar or restaurant, if you are having an event in your home or on your property where alcohol is served, you may have more legal responsibilities than you think.
As a social host, you should be aware of how much alcohol your guests are consuming, whether you provided it or they brought it along themselves. Guests who leave your home intoxicated could be involved in a motor vehicle accident injuring themselves or others. Guests who over indulge can also choke, slip and fall, assault another or injure themselves in a number of other ways. As a social host, you may be sued if you were aware that your guest was intoxicated and you did not prevent them from driving or becoming injured.
Prevention and planning ahead is always the best course of action when hosting a party where alcohol is involved. It is much easier to reason with your guests when they arrive at the party sober than when they are trying to leave the party intoxicated. Explain to your guests ahead of time that you have zero tolerance for drinking and driving and that they will either leave your party sober, in a taxi or not at all.
Here are some tips for safe social hosting:
* Limit guest list to those you know
* Provide filling food for guests and alternative non-alcoholic beverages
* Arrange transportation or overnight accommodations for those who should not drive home
* Stop serving alcohol well before the time the party is to end
* Do not serve guests who are visibly intoxicated
* Consider hiring a smart serve trained bar tender for your party
* Stay alert yourself, always remembering your responsibilities as a host
Social Host Liability. A few important numbers you may need in the Ottawa area:
The Ride-Dowload the App
WestWay Taxi – (613) 727-0101
Blue Line (613) 238-111
UBER -Dowload the App
DJs Taxi – (613) 829-9900
The parking lots are jammed, the line-ups are long and the potential for slip and fall injury is at its highest in city shopping malls. Your best defense against slip and fall hazards at this time of the year is to slow down and be aware of your surroundings.
Slip and Fall Injury Caused by Slips on Wet Floors
Slushy snowy conditions outside create slip, trip and fall hazards indoors. People track all of the snow and slush inside making the potential for slipping on a wet floor very high, especially near entrances. To compensate, shop keepers are constantly mopping the floors, even while the stores are open, creating yet another hazard. Be aware of the condition of the floor and wear a flat sole shoe or boot when shopping.
Slip and Fall Injury Caused by Stairs and Escalators
Stairs, escalators and elevators pose another mall hazard. Take your time and use the handrails. Don’t be afraid to stand to the side and allow others to pass if you need extra time. If possible, only use stairs or escalators that have step guards or paint indicating the edge to help you avoid tripping.
Slip and Fall Injury Caused by Poor Lighting
It is dark outside this time of year and poor lighting inside often contributes to trip and fall accidents. Shop owners have a responsibility to maintain proper lighting and to ensure that shoppers can see all potential hazards.
Slip and Fall Injury Caused by Aisle Fixtures
Stores are brimming with merchandise and full to capacity at this time of the year. Retailers often stack items at the end of the aisles or in large bins without leaving a safe path for customers to navigate through with carts and bulky packages. Be aware of these hazards and take time to ensure that you and / or your cart can pass without catching on something and causing an accident.
Mats and Carpets – There is a lot of heavy foot traffic on mall mats and carpets around that malls at this time of year. Merchants are too busy to be concerned about their upkeep and repair.
Frayed edges, lifted tiles and wayward mats are easy to catch your foot on causing a trip and fall accident.
Every year at this time, we see too many clients whose holidays have been spoiled by injuries in shopping malls and stores. Be careful this holiday season, take your time and avoid slips, trips and falls.