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Thursday June 15th

7:30am – 8:45am

Registration and Breakfast

8:45am – 9:00am

Opening Welcome, Dr. Geoff Fernie, Institute Director of Research, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-UHN

9:00am – 10:00am

Panel Session 1: Demographic Risk Factors of Falls

  • Daniel Martel, University of Waterloo - A novel probabilistic modeling approach using a factor-of-risk framework to predict population level hip fracture risk in Canadian older adults
  • Steven Pretty, University of Waterloo - Beyond bone strength: skeletal geometry influence pressure distribution over the hip during lateral falls
  • Nadia Afrin, Kuopio Musculoskeletal Research Unit, University of Eastern Finland - Occurrence and risk of slip and nonslip falls related to multimorbidity - the 20 years follow-up of OSTPRE women from menopause to old age
  • Kurt Beschorner, University of Pittsburgh - Functional gait assessment score predicts individual sensitivity to multifocal lens during stair ascent
  • Santosh Verma, Liberty Mutual - Circumstances of fall-related injuries by age and gender among community-dwelling adults in the United States

10:00am – 10:15am

Morning Coffee & Networking Break

10:15am – 11:15am

Panel Session 2: Characterizing Falls in Public Environments

  • Mina Nouredanesh, University of Waterloo - Machine learning-based detections of compensatory balance responses and environmental fall risks using wearable sensors
  • Boyi Hu, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety and Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - Applying deep learning in characterizing walking surfaces
  • Jake Pauls, Jake Pauls Consulting Services - Anatomy of a trip and fall resulting in injury
  • Carl Strautins, Safe Environments - Findings from slip, trip and fall public liability audits of Australian shopping centres
  • David Watterson, Mountville Mills, Inc. -  Entranceway floor mats prevent accidents before they happen

11:15am - 12:15pm

Panel Session 3: Current Issues in Tribometer Use and Validity

  • Gunter Siegmund, MEA Forensic Engineers & Scientists, University of British Columbia - Introduction: Current walkway tribometer standards and their use
  • Mark Blanchette, Semper Scientific, University of Southern California - The relationship between tribometer measurements and human ambulation
  • Katelyn Simpson, Tile Council of North America - Development of tribometer standards from German ramp studies
  • Bradley Rutledge, MEA Forensic Engineers & Scientists - Effect of contaminant film thickness on tribometer measurements
  • Benjamin S. Elkin, MEA Forensic Engineers & Scientists - Precision and repeatability in tribometer calibration and validation
  • Jim Flynn, J2 Engineering - Tribometers in the field: Experience from a forensic expert

12:15pm – 1:15pm


1:15pm – 2:15pm

Panel Session 4: Preventing Falls in Winter

  • Chantal Gauvin, Institut de recherché Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail - Slips, Trips and Falls Among Quebec Workers and Specific Risk Factors for Police Officers
  • Stephanie Gower, Toronto Public Health - Wintertime Slips and Falls in Toronto: Implications for Healthy Public Policy
  • Bill Ells, Vibram USA - The effects of environmental and temperature changes on soling materials, in relationship to slip resistance and traction
  • Peter Seibert, Kinesik Engineered Products - Design tactile warning tiles and heated pavement for winter
  • Yue Li, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - RateMyTreads

2:15pm – 3:15pm

Panel Session 5: Assessing Environmental Risk of Slips and Falls

  • Carl Strautins, Safe Environments - Review of the Australian inter-laboratory profiency testing scheme
  • Alison Novak, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – Title to be confirmed
  • Randy Atlas, Atlas Safety & Security Design Inc. - Slips, Trips and Falls: Bad Design or Careless Behaviour?

3:15pm – 3:30pm

Afternoon Coffee & Networking Break

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Panel Session 6: Preventing Falls in Bathrooms and Other Wet Environments

  • Alison Novak, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – Grab bars to prevent falls in bathrooms
  • Jake Pauls, Jake Pauls Consulting Services - Ramp testing to measure slip resistance effectiveness of wet terry cloth towels in bathtubs used for showers
  • Chris Johnson, Altro - Designing slip resistance solutions for wet environments in healthcare
  • Richard Bowman, Intertile Research Pty Ltd. - What level of slip resistance is required in residential bathrooms, where and how does this accord with popular expectations?

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Tours & Interactive Demos, Challenging Environments Assessment Laboratory (2-3 walk from the conference venue)


Dinner at CN tower 360 restaurant (additional ticket required)

Friday June 16, 2017

8:00am – 9:00am


9:00am – 10:00am

Panel Session 7: Considerations of Flooring, Surfaces, and Footwear in Fall Prevention

  • Taylor Jones, University of Pittsburgh - Impact of slip resistant shoe outsole parameters on available coefficient of friction
  • Richard Bowman, Intertile Research Pty Ltd. - Transition step slipping responses to perceived floor surface characteristics in a virtual reality environment
  • Carl Strautins, Safe Environments - Development of clinical based evidence in assessing the risk of slip and falls
  • Takeshi Yamaguchi, Tohoku University - Shoe sole design for high slip resistance on powder-contaminated floor surface
  • Philippe Dixon, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - Dynamic stability of gait is reduced for young and older adults on an uneven brick walkway

10:00am – 10:15am

Morning Coffee & Networking Break

10:15am – 11:15am

Panel Session 8: Innovations in the Management of Falls in Advanced Dementia

  • Meghan Marcil, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - Measuring impulsivity as a predictor of falls in patients with advanced dementia
  • Elham Dolatabadi, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - Ambient gait monitoring technology to predict fall risk in dementia
  • Karen Van Ooteghem, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - Mobility staging in advanced dementia: Scoping the literature for validated meaasures of mobility in dementia populations

11:15am - 12:15pm

Panel Session 9: Preventing Falls in the Workplace

  • Akihiro Ohnishi, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health - Analysis of occupational accidents related to the use of tail lifts in Japan
  • Bertrand Galy, Institut de recherche Robert Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail - Quick design of horizontal lifelines considering anchorage flexibility
  • Andre Lan, Institut de recherche Robert Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail - Evaluation of a horizontal lifeline system and onsite braced trusses as its' host structure during roof installation
  • Xiuwen Sue Dong, The Center for Construction Research and Training, United States - Surveillance and Prevention of Fall Injuries in the U.S. Construction Industry
  • Zdenek Hejzlar, Engineering Systems Inc. - Reducing the Risk of Slip and Fall Accidents on Cruise Ships

12:15pm – 1:15pm


1:15pm – 2:15pm

Panel Session 10: Pushing the New Boundaries of Slip and Fall Investigations

  • Greg Prentice, Advantage Forensics Inc. - Pilot Results from Comparative COF Testing of Silastic Test Sensors
  • Yue Li, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - iDAPT Barefoot Friction Research for Upcoming ANSI B101.4 Barefoot Standard
  • Greg Cohen, SlipDoctors - Benefits and Challenges of the BOT3000e, the GS1, the ASM, and other Tribometers
  • Jason Young, Advantage Forensics Inc and Dave Collette, Substratum Group - Testifying on Slip & Fall Cases in the US and Canada: Tips & Tricks

2:15pm – 2:45pm

Panel Session 11: Updates from the UK Slip Resistance Group

  • Steve Thorpe, The United Kingdom Slip Resistance Group

2:45pm - 3:00pm

Afternoon Coffee & Networking Break

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Panel Session 12: Fall Simulation to Improve Safety

  • Philippa Gosine, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and University of Toronto - Fall simulation to inform environmental design
  • Andrew Laing, University of Waterloo - High energy falls – simulations with drop towers and mathematical models 
  • Carolyn Duncan, Virginia Tech - On shaky ground: Using simulation to prevent workplace falls 
  • Iris Levine, University of Waterloo - Distribution of loads at the hip during lateral falls in human volunteers: implications for hip fracture prediction and protective equipment design
  • Tyler Weaver, University of Waterloo - Balance recovery after a simulated trip: predictors of landing phase control in young and older adults

4:00pm – 4:15pm

Closing remarks, Richard Bowman, Chair International Ergonomics Association Technical Committee on Slips, Trips, and Falls

*Tours of Toronto Rehab’s state-of-the-art Challenging Environments Assessment Laboratory will be available to conference delegates. For more information about our facility, visit our website.

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