DOG BITE STATISTICS
42 Canadians are bitten every hour by a dog
(Canada Safety Council)
Canada Post Delivery Personnel reported over 500 dog bite incidents in 2007
(Canadian Union of Postal Workers)
Between 1990-2007 there were 28 fatal dog attacks reported in Canada
Between 2005-2007 WSIB reported dog bite claims increased by 22%
The United States reported 40 fatal attacks for 2007
In 2005, Ontario introduced a province-wide ban on Pit Bulls, do not let this legislation give you a false sense of security
In 2007 dog bites cost insurers $356.2 million, up 10.5% from the previous year. Dog bite injuries now account for 1/3 of all homeowner’s insurance liability claims.
The average cost of dog bite claims increased by 11.5 percent to $24,511 during the same period.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs annually, resulting in an estimated 800,000 injuries that require medical attention. With over 50% of the bites occurring on the dog owner’s property, this then becomes a risk for Service Providers.
Some insurers have reacted by refusing to provide Home Owner Insurance if you own Pit Bulls, Dobermans, Rottweilers, Akitas, Chows and Wolf Hybrids.
Your Organization May Be At Risk
Bill C-45 amends the criminal code to clearly define who is responsible for the safety of persons in the workplace and to allow for the prosecution under charges of criminal negligence when organizations fail to protect the health and safety of their workers. Health and Safety assessment studies have recognized the risk associated with employees that come into contact with dogs, while on the job. Statistics prove that the majority of dog bites happen while in the presence of the owner, and on the owners’ property. "Don't Become a Victim"
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