Category Archives: Slips & Falls

February.7.2017
Steps for Childproofing Stairways
safe children on stairs
It may be a few small steps for you, but to a little child a staircase could be a giant leap or tumble to a serious injury. Each year, thousands of children are hurt on stairs and most of these are completely preventable falls. Whether it’s up to bedrooms, down to the basement, or to…
January.17.2017
Clearing Up Icy Sidewalks
icy sidewalk clearing fault blame
Unusually cold weather causes an equally unusual problem in Metro Vancouver – icy sidewalks. With the risk of people slipping and falling, this also poses some legal questions. Who is responsible for clearing sidewalks? And by when? All of the local municipalities have bylaws covering this. In Vancouver, Richmond, Port Coquitlam, and Maple Ridge sidewalks…
January.10.2017
Be Safe on the Slopes
ski safety tips
From Whistler to Silverstar and all resorts and slopes in between, BC is a skier’s and snowboarder’s paradise. Unfortunately, all that shreddin’ and swooshin’ can lead to some severe injuries. Every year, over 5000 Canadians are seriously hurt in skiing and snowboarding accidents across the country. So whether you’re riding hard through 7th Heaven or…
July.14.2016
Stop, Drop, and Pokemon Go?
pokemon go accidents
Pokemon Go is all the rage. The augmented reality game has taken off around the world with people tracking down “Poke Stops” and collecting Pokemon characters on their smartphones. But it has come with some undesired, even dangerous side effects. Combining a video game with a real-world scavenger hunt, the objective is to get out…
June.17.2015
Open Windows are Killing Children
how to prevent child falls
According to The Province, six BC children fell from unsafe windows and balconies during the past week. Some of the six children are suffering with serious brain trauma and broken limbs according to BC Children’s Hospital. A team of BC doctors and paramedics are teaming up to prevent child falls by raising awareness and issuing…
December.31.2014
New Year’s Resolutions to Keep
                                Start off the New Year with Resolutions for a safer 2015: I will not use my mobile device while driving: It’s time to put your phone down while driving. No message is more important than someone’s life. I will…
September.4.2014
Eyes Up, Phones Down!
Walking has become riskier in the last several years.  The primary cause?  Smartphones. With smartphones having similar abilities to computers, many feel the need to use them more often. There is even now a name for the fear of being without a cell phone: nomophobia. Jack Nasar, a professor of city and regional planning at…
January.2.2014
Slater Vecchio’s 10 Most-Read Blog Posts. Ever.
As we step into the New Year we thought it a good idea to reflect on the past. Check out our top 10 most-read blog posts with helpful tips and reminders for a safe and successful 2014… 10. Concussions in Soccer - a reminder not to overlook the risk of brain injuries in non-contact sports like soccer.…
December.16.2013
Avoiding Winter Slips and Falls
Did you know that falls are a leading cause of hospitalization in BC? Vancouver Coastal Health offers winter weather slip and fall prevention advice: Wear appropriate footwear for slippery sidewalks and stairs. Dress warmly. Being cold might cause you to hurry or tense your muscles, both of which can affect your balance. Stay active. Overall…