Amusement parks and safety
We have all seen the horrific videos of innocent thrill seekers thrown from amusement park rides while spectators below watch in disbelief. Most recently, a young man at the Ohio State Fair fell to his death when a faulty part caused him to be ejected from the ride he was on. The disturbing video was seen across the internet causing many to question the safety of these carnival rides.
Canada and amusement park safety
How safe are Canada’s amusement park rides? Very safe according to the Technical Safety Standards Authority (TSSA). In fact, Canadian amusement park accidents are rarely the result of mechanical or operator error. Only four per cent of reported accidents in Canada can be attributed to the equipment or the operator. Most often these types of accidents are caused by the actual rider.
Riders who do not use the safety restraints, who stand up on the rides and who do not follow the instructions of the ride operator are more often the cause of the accident. According to a TSSA safety report, amusement ride injury occurrences have increased from 213 in 2012 to 556 in 2015, with the vast majority being minor in nature. Of the 556 injury occurrences in 2015, only 22 were reported as permanent.
Unlike the U.S., in Canada the TSSA enforces and monitors safety inspections. Last year, they reported over 2,000 inspections for rides. These inspections were carried out by certified experts. In addition, ride operators in Canada undergo mandatory training and certification. On site, operators are required to perform daily inspections of the equipment and rides they operate.
For the time being, enjoy the rides at Canada’s late summer fairs and amusement parks but follow these guidelines protect yourself from personal injury.
Follow all weight, height and age restrictions placed on individual rides. Always keep legs, arms and head inside the ride while it is in motion. Read all ride safety rules that are posted near the ride entrance.
Now that school is in session and Ottawa area students are settled on campus, let’s talk about campus safety. Students are busy with their studies and engaging in all of the fun and excitement of college life: club and pubs, sports and socializing. With so many new routines, new surroundings and new friends, student safety is always a concern for students and staff alike.
Every year, accidents and injuries do occur on our college campuses even with an abundance of safety measures in place. All three Ottawa post-secondary institutions maintain strong campus safety policies and programs as well as strong communication campaigns. All three also employ security staff to ensure student welfare.
Any student’s best defense is always to make safety a top priority and prepare to reduce the risk.
Campus Safety Tips for Ottawa Area Students
Use the Buddy System
As often as possible, when walking at night, bring a buddy. There’s power in numbers, and you are less likely to become a target when walking pairs or a group. Walking with someone will also reduce the chances of being involved in a pedestrian accident. Need a buddy? Visit the website of your school and learn about the foot patrol program. Here are a few important numbers you may need:
University of Ottawa: Non-emergency: 613-562-5499 or Emergency: 613-562-5411 (or Emergency button on your Mitel telephone)
Carleton University : On-Campus Medical 613-520-4444
Algonquin College: Dial 5000 from any campus phone or Security Services 613-727-4723 X 5000 emergencies
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
The best way to avoid accident or injury is to remain alert and aware. Distracted people make easy targets. Easy targets walk while on their phones and don’t pay attention to their surroundings. When walking on campus, look around for suspicious people and activities at all times. Remain alert.
Take A Safe Route
Avoid walking at night if possible. If you have to walk at night, take a well-lit path. Look for street lamps and other lit paths and stay where there are a lot of people. Be aware of the new pedestrian crosswalk rules.
Don’t Give Out Personal Information
Never give out your room number or exact address to strangers, people you have just met, or friends you have met online. Have them meet you somewhere neutral first to see if they are trustworthy before inviting them to your home or your room. Also, be mindful of what you share on social media.
Let Your Close Friends Know Where You Are Going
While it is risky to reveal your whereabouts or plans on social media, sharing this information with your roommates or close friends is a good safety measure. Let someone know where you are going, who you are going to meet and when you are likely to be back.
Prevent Crime While Driving
When driving on or near campus, stay on well-traveled roadways and always keep your doors locked. Before entering your vehicle, make sure no one is lying in the backseat or on the floor. If someone is following your car, drive to the nearest police station.
Report Suspicious Activity
If you see someone acting suspiciously, report it to campus police immediately. If you ever feel unsafe or threatened, find a safe well-lit place and call the police.
Watch Your Food and Drink
Never accept food or drink from people that you don’t know. Always keep your eyes on your food or drink during a party or date. Never leave your drink unattended at a bar or at a party.
Always Carry Your Cell Phone
Your phone is an asset to your safety. Use it to keep emergency contact numbers and install an alarm app.
We hope that all students enjoy a rewarding school year. Stay safe, be aware and make safety a priority.
Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates. Many teachers have headed back into school this week and some school boards have already begun. Students in the Ottawa area are heading back to school ! Among many other things, what this means is that we need to be extra vigilant on the roads and watch out for the little ones as they head back to school. Many of them are out of routine, so they may not be looking as they cross the streets. It’s our job as drivers to be cautious out there on the roads as these next couple of weeks will be busy with children reminding themselves with the rules of the roads as they walk, bike, scooter and blade to school. We all need to be watching out for the children as well as being cautious around school buses , as a lot of this will be new to many children.
The beginning of September brings a wave of emotions ranging from fear, excitement, and stress for children and parents alike. As parents, we are often rushing around trying to adjust to the new schedule of having kids back in school and we too are distracted. This is the exact type of distraction that could lead to accidents. We all need a good reminder to slow down and focus on driving when we are behind the wheel. Our commute to work may take longer with the increase in traffic but we are all in the same boat and we all need to arrive to our destination safely.
Over the course of the next couple of weeks, the City of Ottawa has implemented signage at high-traffic intersections to help remind Ottawa drivers about the start of the school season and the need to be extra cautious when driving near school zones and school buses. The Ottawa Police will also be focusing some efforts as well on driving safety when it comes to back to school and school zones. There are also many wonderful organisations in Ottawa such as the “Safer Roads Ottawa Program” which is a partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health, and the Public Works Department. These amazing organisations work together to prevent road deaths and injuries in the Ottawa area.
Happy back to school ! Let’s work together to make it a safe and successful return to school for everyone.
Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth gives some advice on how to avoid a personal injury.
Now that the snow in Ottawa, Ontario is here, motorists are digging their cars out of snow banks, ditches and even their own driveways. It’s important that you take care in doing so.
The following tips can help keep you safe and avoid an accident and more importantly a personal injury:
-Dig your tail pipe out as you don’t want to be overcome with carbon monoxide poisoning while trying to extricate your car while its exhaust system is clogged. It is devastating how many people die each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. If you have passengers waiting in your car as you are clearing it off, ensure the tail pipe is free and clar of snow.
-Clear the snow away from the top of your car, windshield and rear view mirrors. Snow on your mirrors and wind shield will prevent visibility, but snow slipping from the top of your car while your are driving can also prevent visibility and be the cause of an accident. You don’t want to be driving and have a huge chunk of ice fly into your windshill. Neither do others.
-Wear bright clothing, put up a road flair and use flashlights while digging your car out on a roadside in the evening or after dark. You don’t want to become a pedestrian accident.
-Take breaks while doing the digging so you don’t get a back injury or worse yet, over strain your heart.
These are just some safety tips to help you stay safe. Winter driving offers up a whole new set of challenges. You reduce your chances of being involved in an accident if you take the time to make sure your vehicle is ready for the road. For more information on Ottawa accidents, prevention and personal injury visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613 978-9549. Take care and be safe out there, David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer