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Health & Safety Moment - Distracted Walking


Distracted Walking

Distracted walking occurs when someone travels somewhere on foot without paying attention to their surroundings

According to a 2018 survey conducted by Desjardins Insurance of more than 3000 Canadians of driving age, distracted walking can be just as dangerous as distracted driving.

30% of respondents admitted to texting while walking near a public road.

The number jumped to 60% among people 16-24



Tips to avoid hazards from Distracted Walking

  • Focus on the people and obstacles in front of you.
  • Headphone volume should be at a level where you can still hear the sounds of your surroundings.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings especially near curbs, intersections, stairs, elevators, or escalators.
  • Stay alert on and near streets no matter what time of day it is.
  • Remember that drivers may not always see you.

If you have questions, concerns or any occupational health & safety inquiries, please email ohsmohawk@mohawkcollege.ca