Store & Contractor Not Liable for Woman’s Fall on Icy Sidewalk

A pedestrian slipped on ice on the sidewalk outside a grocery store, fell and injured her ankle. She sued the store and the landscaper it hired to take care of snow removal for negligence and under the Occupiers’ Liability Act. The court ruled that the landscaper wasn’t negligent. It had cleared the sidewalk of snow and was in the middle of salting when the woman fell. The court also ruled that the store wasn’t negligent as it had exercised reasonable care in selecting and supervising the landscaper [Chouhan v. Canada Safeway Ltd., [2012] ABQB 7 (CanLII), Jan. 9, 2012].