Wednesday, 25 October 2017
A recent announcement by the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board of Ontario of changes it plans to implement in how it sets premiums for 300,000 businesses in the province might have drawn only passing interest from most people. Unless you own a business or you are a worker who has suffered an injury on the job, the WSIB goes about its work largely unnoticed.
Monday, 23 October 2017
School field trips offer an opportunity to expand the education process for youngsters. They expose students to new experiences and frequently allow teachers to use them as an extension of the lessons being taught in the classroom. Unfortunately, accidents and mishaps happen when groups of students and teachers engage in organized activities away from classroom. Advance preparation and planning are essential for a successful and safe field trip. If you are a teacher, school administrator or concerned parent, here are a few tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable field trip experience.
Friday, 20 October 2017
Many Ontario drivers do not have adequate liability insurance coverage due to changes in the insurance laws seven years ago reducing benefits while offering drivers the opportunity to purchase additional coverage. Sadly, a new study shows up to 25 percent of motorists are not even aware the laws changed, and only seven percent of drivers purchased extended liability insurance and only six percent opted for extra medical coverage.
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
If a police officer stops you for driving while talking on your cellphone without using a hands-free device can cost up to $1,000 in fines if you fight it in court and lose. In fact, the cost of that ticket could be far greater than the fine you must pay under the demerit points system in Ontario. Accumulating too many demerit points could lead to the suspension of your driver’s licence.
Monday, 16 October 2017
School teachers and administrators have a difficult job looking out for the safety of the child parents entrust to them each and every day. When accidents happen and a child is seriously injured the primary concern for parents is their child’s wellbeing. Later, after the child receives the medical care and attention needed, concerns arise about what action can be taken and who is liable.
Friday, 13 October 2017
It is estimated that more than 400,000 drivers in Ontario do not have insurance covering their vehicles in the event of an accident. This situation exists even though it is the law in the province for all motor vehicles to have insurance to cover medical costs, lost wages, and the other damages suffered by a victim injured in a collision. The provincial government estimates that at least 2,100 motorist each year are involved in collisions without having the mandatory insurance coverage on their vehicles.
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
The number of adults and children using bicycles might surprise you. It is estimated that 12 million people across Canada who are at least 12 years of age said they rode a bicycle during the past year. What is not surprising is that 82 percent of children between 12 and 14 years of age said they rode bicycles during the previous year. The health benefits of the exercise a person gets from bicycling are well known, but an average of 74 people are killed each year in bicycle-related accidents. Teaching children about bicycle safety is essential.
Monday, 09 October 2017
Children either use a school bus or are driven by their parents instead of walking or biking to and from school according to a survey reported in the Toronto Star. The survey showed a steady decline in the number of children walking to school while those being driven by parents jumped to 33 percent. Encouraging children to walk to school is one method of combating weight gain and other issues caused by a lack of physical exercise, but it must be accompanied by programs to improve safety while walking to school.
Friday, 06 October 2017
Spinal cord injuries are among the most serious and life-altering events anyone can experience. The toll they take on the victims and their families goes beyond the $2.67 billion estimated financial cost of these types of injuries in Canada. When an injury is caused by the negligent or intentional conduct of another person or entity, a lawsuit for compensation may be pursued on behalf of the victim.
Wednesday, 04 October 2017
More than 800,000 children use school buses to get to and from school in Ontario, so it’s good to know that school buses have compiled an enviable safety record. Described by the Canada Safety Council as one of the safest forms of transportation, and 16 times safer than travelling in the family car, the government is looking for ways to make it even safer.