Ounce of Prevention

Ode to an Injury Preventer

Dear Unknown Man at Finch Subway Station,

It’s an exercise in survival maneuvering the rush hour commuter traffic in a subway station. Especially in the morning, most people are plugged in and tuned out to the world. And as we all shuffled to the top of the stairs to begin our descent, I’m sure at least a few noticed that purple pen on the ground and just kept moving.

But you, you were different. You stopped (a brave thing to do in this morning stampede) and you kicked the pen aside, assuring no one behind you would slip on it. Little did you know that the person immediately behind you works in injury prevention. So when you turned to apologize to me for getting in my way, what I wanted to do was thank you – for not only noticing a hazard but taking the time to remove it.

Maybe you are aware that falls result in over 100 000 hospitalizations a year in Canada. Maybe you know that falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury in the United States. Maybe not. With or without the facts, you committed a random act of injury prevention.

So, Thank You.

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