The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) documented 162,222 unintentional slip-and-fall injuries in 2020-2021, which accounts for a significant 59.5% of all injury-related hospitalizations and emergency room visits during that timeframe. The majority of those affected were individuals aged 18 to 64, with 102,139 cases, followed by those aged 65 to 84, totalling 91,380 incidents. Unfortunately, 57,835 individuals aged 85 and above experienced injuries necessitating hospitalization within the same period.
Slipping on ice or snow accounted for a substantial share of falls and was especially dangerous among seniors. The percentage of falls for those aged 12 to 64 that can be blamed on snow and ice is 11% for males and 16% for females. The numbers get even more egregious as the population gets older. For those aged 65 and up, 22% of males report falls related to snow and ice, while 18% of females fall into the same category.
In 2021, the Canadian population included 7 million people aged 65 and older. Seniors face a heightened risk of sustaining more severe injuries in falls compared to their younger counterparts. Often, their broken bones require surgical intervention, which results in health-care costs to all Canadians.
Recent data indicates that falls among older individuals incur an annual direct health-care cost of $2 billion. On average, seniors spend 10 days longer in the hospital due to falls than for any other reason, and over 35% require long-term care following such incidents. Additionally, fall victims often contend with chronic pain and diminished mobility, leading to a loss of independence.
Commercial and residential snow removal by Mirage
Proper snow removal is crucial to reducing the chances of a slip and fall on your property. No business owner, or homeowner, wants for someone to get hurt when they visit, and there is always the chance that you could be held responsible for liability for injuries. We at Mirage take your safety, and the safety of others, extremely seriously. That is our mandate, and the basis for our snow removal business.
When considering your residential or commercial snow removal company options in Calgary, the first thing to look for is experience and reputation. We at Mirage have three generations of history handling snow removal for large and small business owners in the city, and we have the knowledge and resources necessary to manage your property efficiently. We are completely transparent. Potential clients can check our track record by reading our online reviews, asking for references, and consulting with other local businesses who have used our services.
As a modern commercial snow removal company, we take great pride in the quality and condition of our snow-removal equipment. We have well-maintained trucks, haulers, snowplows, snow blowers, and, of course, more than one type of shovel. We also use the very best weather monitoring systems so that we are prepared for a snowfall well before it happens.
Many of our staff have been with us for several years, and that’s because we provide excellent benefits, on-the-job training, and continuous job development opportunities (such as workplace safety certificates). Safety is always our highest priority – that of our employees as well as those who come to your business. We have zero tolerance for anyone who works in a dangerous or thoughtless manner. Included among our safety protocols is using appropriate signage, barriers, and reflective materials to indicate hazardous areas and people at work.
We also take pride in providing clear and transparent contracts so you know there will never be surprises or hidden costs. As business owners ourselves, we know the importance of budgeting. We provide a clear, detailed estimate that outlines the cost of services, what to expect for our services, and the frequency of visits and timeframe.
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Ever try to get a hold of your snow-removal company and not be able to? This is not uncommon, and something we at Mirage work hard to avoid. We are always available during regular business hours at 403-252-5235, and have a clear communication process in place in case of emergencies.
As a full-service property maintenance company operating year-round, we offer commercial and residential snow-removal services in the winter and landscape maintenance, landscape construction, and landscape design services in the summer. We do the heavy lifting for you, so you don’t have to. Check out our portfolio for examples of our work, and contact us for more information on how we can work together to increase both your property value and your enjoyment of your property.