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Some fear personal injury risk from impaired driving increase

As Canada moves closer to marijuana legalization, safety advocates are working to raise awareness about the risks of driving while high. According to Ispos, a market research company, almost two million individuals in Ontario have driven under the influence of cannabis at least once. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can cause car accidents that lead to serious personal injury, so raising awareness on the issue is a high priority for many.

The Ispos study further concluded that use of cannabis before driving was happening in large numbers even recently, with 700,000 individuals admitting to driving high in the last three months. A CAA study further noted that along with using cannabis, some of these drivers are also drinking to some degree before getting behind the wheel. Understandably, this combination can create a significant public safety concern.

Pool of water at construction site a slip and fall risk

Some of the most dangerous elements of a workplace may not look threatening at first sight but can in fact be a major hazard. This is certainly the case with pools of water, which can cause slip and fall accidents that lead to serious long-term injury and consequences for Ontario workers and citizens. The Labour Council in Ottawa has recently released a photo of one such hazard in a light rail transit (LRT) tunnel.

The photo dates back to a month ago and reveals a large amount of water filling the tunnel at the result of a leak. Workers need to wade through the water as they do their jobs at the LRT project, a task that causes concern for many. The level of water makes it impossible to see what is below the surface, making it difficult to avoid obstructions or debris that might cause a slip and fall accident.

Hallowe’en Safety: 3 Tips You Should Know

If you, or someone you know, has ever lit a few candles, worn a flowing cape, or made an entryway dark and spooky, it was probably a pretty impressive entrance for trick-or-treaters. But this set-up may have also contained the potential for accidents.

While it’s fun to focus on the scare tactics of Hallowe’en, it’s important to remember safety tactics too.

Prevent personal injury by replacing car seats after a crash

Many people are aware of the importance of properly installed child seats in a vehicle. But they may be unaware of the need to keep an eye on and replace the seat in certain situations, such as if the vehicle has been in a crash. To prevent future personal injury, Ontario parents should review car seat manuals and follow best practices for safety when dealing with car seats after a collision.

The average driver has a car crash every seven years. Usually, these collisions are minor. But, since child passengers under 7 need a car seat or booster seat, this statistic can have implications for the kids who are passengers in the car. Even if they are not present during the collision, an accident can have a major impact on the effectiveness of car seats inside the vehicle.

Preventing personal injury during Ontario hunting season

Precautions should be taken whenever participating in a recreational activity, especially one that is higher-risk. As many people head to Northern Ontario for hunting season, it is important to keep personal injury prevention top of mind. This includes taking precautions, understanding legal limitations and liability issues, and having a plan for medical care should an accident take place.

It is of utmost importance that hunters take care to handle their firearms responsibly. They should only shoot when completely sure of their target and what may be near or beyond it. Additionally, they must adhere to applicable laws such as not shooting from a vehicle and not carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle. This includes ATVs or all terrain vehicles.

How brain trauma and personal injury can affect relationships

People who have suffered traumatic brain injuries (TBI), even those classified as "mild," know that this issue can have major long-term repercussions. While limitations in school and work are often cited in personal injury lawsuits, Ontario TBI sufferers can also experience challenges within long-term relationships and marriages. This can happen in relationships following the injury, but is particularly prevalent when the relationship was established before the injury and the couple needs to readjust.

People who have suffered even a mild TBI can experience several symptoms that interrupt their daily lives. This can include difficulty sleeping, concentrating, remembering information and even dealing with lights and sounds when going out. This can make it difficult for couples to maintain routines or spend time together in a meaningful way.

Avoid personal injury at the cottage with these campfire tips

As the people enjoy their final weekends at the cottage or one last camping trip, it is important to keep safety foremost. Mismanaged campfires can cause personal injury, property damage and even death. Ontario cottage owners in particular should ensure that these risks are mitigated when hosting a fire on their property.

The first safety tip for outdoor fires is to prepare appropriately. This means making sure everything is cleared for at least 10 to 15 feet around the fire location. People should always use a fire pit or a steel drum at a campsite to separate the fire from people around it. Clear anything that could potentially fuel the fire from the area and only feed fuel to the fire if weather conditions make it safe to do so.

Long-term disability may limit educational opportunity

Those who are disabled as a result of an accident can face many barriers throughout their lives. One of the challenges people can face when they have a long-term disability is the ability to seek an education. This especially affects those who are injured when they are still young. Ontario's Human Rights Commission recently broached this subject, saying it is updating its education policy for people with disabilities.

The update to the policy is the first in 14 years. The commission is also making recommendations on accessible education in hopes of helping people address the evolving approach and understanding of disability needs in educational settings. The move is the result of changes in both legal and social understandings of disability.

Road safety: What you need to know for the new school year

Can you remember a time before the last two months of sunshine, vacations, and other summer events? In case you have trouble remembering, the many back-to-school shopping commercials have reminded us that it’s back-to-school season again. For some, that means trying to reinstall habits such as getting the children up early, ready and out the door before the first bell rings.

 

Supervisors a factor in return to work with long-term disability

When someone is badly injured, will they be able to return to work? According to a recent report, the answer to this question is not only dependent on medical diagnoses. The research shows that supervisors play a significant role in whether a person who has suffered a short or long-term disability in the workplace will be able to return to work. These findings are valuable for Ontario business owners, supervisors and workers alike.

The study took a sample of 869 Australian workers who had received workers' compensation and took time off work as a result of an injury or illness. In the first of at least three surveys, respondents were asked to share the reaction of their supervisor and peers when they took the time off due to their injuries. Interestingly, those who said their supervisor was supportive were 2.3 times more likely to have returned to work successfully.

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