Slipping and falling often leads to devastating injuries and fatalities. Falls are among the leading causes of unintentional injuries. The U.S.-based National Safety Council notes that falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional, home-related injury deaths in the United States.
But do these statistics remain constant? Are slips and falls common in Ontario, and do they result in a substantial number of injuries and death?
Not surprisingly, slip and fall accidents are relatively common throughout Ontario. These accidents may occur in workplaces throughout the province, and certain groups – like the elderly – are at greater risk than others. Below is an overview.
Slip and Fall Accidents at Work in Ontario
According to a Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) report, 80 workers are injured each day because of a slip and fall accident. Put into perspective, that amounts to one worker every 20 minutes.
Furthermore, one in five lost-time injuries is the result of a fall. Sadly, Ontario sees its share of fall-related fatalities, as well simvastatin 10 mg. The WSIB report asserts that 20 people die every year in the province because of workplace falls, a statistic that does not include deaths resulting from falls at home or in areas away from work.
Interestingly enough, the WSIB report also claims that 65 percent of all fall-related injuries detailed here are “same-level falls.” What does this mean? In a same-level fall, instead of falling while descending down stairs or on a ladder, the victim suffers an injury by tripping or slipping on something and then falling to the ground at the same level. This could be the result of a liquid spilled on the ground, wires left askew, or other obstacles that could lead to a slip and fall accident.
Slips and Falls among the Elderly in Canada
The Seniors’ Falls in Canada – Second Report ¬by the Public Health Agency of Canada asserts that between 20 and 30 percent of seniors in Canada fall every year. Further, self-reported injuries due to falls increased by 43 percent from 2003 to 2009/10. Most of these falls resulted in fractured bones and over a third of the hospitalizations from falls were attributed to hip fractures.
There were 256,011 Canadian seniors (65 or older) who fell in 2009/10, for a rate of 57.5 per 1,000. Nearly half (46 percent) of the seniors injured during a fall were walking at the time of the injury. They might’ve tripped or slipped on something on the floor, causing the fall.
Have you been hurt in a slip and fall accident?
While a slip and fall accident may hurt your pride, it shouldn’t damage your future. If you fell at work, at home, or in public because someone else was negligent or reckless, contact the Preszler Law Firm in Ontario. Our lawyers work with clients injured in slip and fall accidents and can help you recover fair compensation. Call 1-800-JUSTICE®.