From the Snow & Ice Management Association
Falls account for more than one million injuries in the U.S. annually. There are four types of walking accidents with the most common being the slip and fall. That’s the type of fall that happens when you fall because of a surface not cleared of snow or ice.
“Every winter the hazards of driving in snow and icy conditions are noted, but rarely is walking on snow and ice addressed,” said Martin B. Tirado, CAE, Executive Director of the Snow & Ice Management Association. “Slipping and falling while walking accounts for a large number of winter-related injuries and can have an impact on the quality of life for the injured person.”
SIMA, the national nonprofit organization representing the snow removal industry, has some tips on safe winter walking.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources warns ice anglers, snowmobilers, skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts to use caution when going onto any lake covered or partially covered with ice, especially those that feature aeration systems.
”Open water areas created by aeration systems can shift or change shapes depending on weather conditions,” said Marilyn Danks, DNR aquatic biologist. “Leaks may develop in air lines creating other areas of weak ice or open water.”
Aeration systems are generally operated from the time lakes freeze until the ice breaks up in the spring. They help prevent winterkill of fish, but they also create areas of open water and thin ice, which are significant hazards.
Fatal car crash in St. Joseph Twp.
The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a car crash with injuries at the location of CR 2 and Minnesota Street in St. Joseph Township at about 9 a.m Thursday, Nov. 21.
Aaron Birr, age 58, of Eden Valley and owner/operator of Birr Trucking, was hauling a heavy load of sand. He was driving his 1984 Mac R-Model semi-tractor north on County Road 2. Marcella Cheeley, age 90 of Cold Spring, was driving her 1991 Chevrolet Corsica.
Car crash with injuries
Friday, Nov. 15, at about
12:51 p.m., the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Gold Cross Ambulance, North Care Air, and South Haven Rescue were dispatched to an accident with injuries at CR 7 and CR 146 in Fairhaven Township. A 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Caroline Connolly, age 21 of
St. Joseph, was driving northbound on CR 7. A 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Joseph Estevez, age 59 of St. Joseph, was traveling west on Cr 146. Estevez failed to stop for the stop sign and crashed into the side of Connolley’s car.
Connolly’s passenger Brittany LaFave, age 21 of Monticello, was air lifted to the St. Cloud Hospital. Estevez and Connolly were taken to St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance. The accident remains under investigation.
The Department of Natural Resources said the thin layers of ice that are forming on Minnesota waters right now are not safe. This reminder comes after a DNR conservation officer helped rescue a man Friday, Nov. 15, who was fishing and fell through the ice on Little Rock Lake in Benton County.
“The bottom line is it’s crucial that people do not let their guard down,” said Kara Owens, DNR boat and water safety specialist, “because ice is never 100-percent safe. A few days of cold temperatures don’t create ice strong enough to hold a person.”
According to Owens, six people died last winter after falling through the ice.