Safety Category Archives

Back to School, Back to Sports

Back to School, Back to Sports September brings kids back to school and back to the sports field. Very soon, teams of kids will be racing onto football fields and begin crashing into each other with the all the wild abandon of bulls on the streets of Pamplona. The reality of a sport like football is that a good number of kids will walk away from the …

The Hidden Dangers of Swimming Pool Entrapment

Most parents are familiar with the usual dangers associated with swimming. However, little is known of the potentially very serious hazards associated with “swimming pool entrapment”. Children are particularly vulnerable to entrapment which occurs when swimmers become trapped at or against a pool or spa drain, due to pump suction. Hair, body parts, bathing suits and jewellery can lead to entrapment and the resulting injuries …

Head injuries in professional sports raise awareness for concussions and traumatic brain injuries

Earlier this month, we saw Germany take home the 2014 World Cup with a beautiful goal by Mario Gotze. However, during the same game, Christoph Kramer’s head first collision with Argentina’s Ezequiel Garay arguably received just as much attention. The replay shows Kramer’s head violently strike the shoulder of Garay and whip backwards causing him to collapse on the field. After the hit, Kramer continued …

More than 4,000 helmets donated through OTLA’s 2014 Bike Helmets on Kids campaign

Everyone should wear a helmet when riding a bike, but children especially need protection because of the heightened risk they face. Head injuries are the number one cause of serious injury and death to kids on bicycles. It’s also the law—in Ontario, anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet while riding a bicycle on the road or sidewalks. Earlier this spring, we …

The Real Facts in McDonald’s Coffee Case Percolating Through Social Media

Social media and online news sources are providing trial lawyers and victims’ rights activists with new opportunities to ensure that the public is informed and not misled by tort “reform” and big business propaganda. The McDonald’s hot coffee case was actively lauded by tort “reformers” as an example of all that was wrong with the American civil justice system. The actual facts of the case were …

Most pedestrian fatalities are preventable: Staying safe this spring

Pedestrians Crossing, Bloor and Yonge by Gary J. Wood, licensed under CC Attribution – Share Alike 2.0 Generic. As we break free from the long, dark days of winter, many people are anxious to get outdoors, enjoy the weather and get active. Over the past weeks, the OTLA blog has reminded us to be safety conscious as we hit the streets on our motorcycles or …