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    Most dangerous places to take a selfie: CN Tower EdgeWalk, Toronto


    Most dangerous places to take a selfie: CN Tower EdgeWalk, Toronto

    It takes a brave person to attempt the CN Tower EdgeWalk. The tower can be found in Toronto and is regarded as one of the most impressive sights the city can offer. Its iconic shape is known the world over, and it stands 553.33 metres tall (or 1,815 feet and five inches, if you prefer). The CN Tower is open throughout the year, apart from Christmas Day, and you can enjoy using one of the glass elevators provided, as well as enjoying a meal at the Horizons Restaurant at 1,136 feet above the ground.

    With the SkyPod attraction and even a glass floor to look through (if you dare), it’s a great place to take a selfie or two. That’s even truer if you try the CN Tower EdgeWalk, which is exactly what it sounds like. The CN Tower EdgeWalk allows you to walk on the roof of the restaurant mentioned earlier. This means you’ll be walking out in the fresh air, a mind-blowing 1,168 feet above the ground. With the wind in your hair, safely clipped onto a guide rail and free to enjoy a view you’ll never get anywhere else, it’s easy to see why the CN Tower EdgeWalk challenges those who have a head for heights.

    The ever-rising popularity of selfies

    It’s believed the first selfie, as we understand it now, was taken back in 1839 by a man called Robert Cornelius. Of course, it would be many decades before the term was coined and technology came far enough to allow us all to have a go – and often several times a day. Nowadays, it seems we’re all taking selfies.

    But we should take great care when taking selfies. It’s very easy to lose sense of your surroundings when taking a selfie. Selfie sticks make it easier to be more creative with your photos, but they still require you to focus your attention on where you are. Some people have been injured because they weren’t paying proper attention and ended up slipping, tripping, falling or suffering some other accident that could otherwise have been avoided.

    Of course, most people aren’t harmed by their selfie-taking activities. With that said, research has been conducted into reports of people who died while taking a selfie, or because of an accident that occurred immediately after they took a selfie. In other words, the accident occurred because they undertook that activity. The research found that 75% of victims were male, and the country with the most deaths was India. The researchers also discovered most of the deaths that occurred were because of a fall from height. This is confirmed by another general report that considered risk assessment, finding men were more likely to take risks than women.

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    Enjoying the CN Tower EdgeWalk in complete safety

    You don’t need to take part in the CN Tower EdgeWalk to take great selfies from the top of the tower. The LookOut, Sky Pod and glass floor all provide ample opportunities to do that. Providing you have a head for heights and you can fulfil all the requirements listed by those in charge of the experience in terms of your health, you can enjoy an amazing experience you will never forget.

    In this case, you’re completely safe because the health and safety regulations are second-to-none. You’ll be able to complete the experience and get a souvenir photo of your time walking around the top of the tower, and you’ll be none the worse for wear (although perhaps in need of a stiff and celebratory drink!).

    What could go wrong if you take selfies without proper care and attention?

    Millions of people take selfies every day, and very few of them ever suffer any injuries in doing so. However, it’s possible you could be hurt in several ways if you don’t pay attention. Some of the potential accidents that may occur include slips, trips and falls, possibly from a height. These can lead to all manner of injuries, too, such as:

    • Broken bones
    • Cuts and bruises
    • Head injuries
    • Neck and spinal injuries
    • Soft-tissue damage to any part of the body
    • Sprained ankles and knees

    These are just a few examples, but it makes sense to be careful when you’re enjoying taking a selfie. Always be aware of your surroundings so you can minimise any risk.

    Accidents while out in public

    Of course, slips, trips and falls are among the most common accidents that can occur anywhere. Something like this could happen while you’re out shopping, at work or even dropping your kids off at school. You never know when you might end up being injured in an accident you did nothing to cause. Things do happen and things can go wrong, but it’s upsetting when you know you weren’t to blame. A faulty or slippery step, a hazard that hadn’t been dealt with… anything like this could trip you up or cause you to slip or fall.

    If you’ve been injured in a situation like this, make sure you see whether compensation might be due to be awarded to you. Many people call Accident Advice Helpline for some advice following their accident, and in many cases, we’ve helped them receive compensation. Perhaps we can help you as well and it’s easy to learn whether this is the case.

    Help is available now

    To find out more, call 0800 689 0500 free, or if you only have a mobile, call 0333 500 0993 now. Both numbers put you through to the Accident Advice Helpline team, and we can help you work out whether a no-win, no-fee* claim could be started for you. Our solicitors are standing by and they have a wealth of experience in handling similar claims. We’ve been around for over 16 years, and we’ve amassed a great deal of experience in personal injury claims since our early days. You can find the answers you want now by calling us or trying the online test we’ve created – a test that only requires around 30 seconds to complete.

    Date Published: September 30, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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