Slips and Falls

It was Halloween morning 2001. Staff at a Toronto newspaper, where Sharon Aschaiek worked as a special sections editor, were in early to decorate for the occasion. Aschaiek wanted to put a sign above the doorway of her manager’s office, but it was just a bit too high for her to reach. She went into her own office, retrieved her footrest from under her desk, and used it to get the extra height. As she stood on it and stretched, the footstool, which was set at an angle to accommodate her feet under her desk, tilted and she found herself splayed on the ground, her right arm at a 90º angle “totally folded over,” remembers Aschaiek.

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Suzanne Boles