By Doyice Cotten
Usually I write about travel hazards and failures in risk management. This time, I am writing about some of the risk management efforts I saw at Coral Costa Caribe Resort in the Dominican Republic. I usually have my camera ready for hazards, but in this case the resort efforts stood out.
Photos 1, 2, and 3 show some risk management at the beach. A dangerous area is identified by red flags on shore in Photo 1 and at a rocky area in Photo 2. In Photo 3, one can see floats for a rope that denotes the end of the safe, shallow area.
Guests are warned to use caution by the use of bright yellow paint in Photos 4 and 5 to warn of steps. These should help to prevent many falls. Note, however, that one can see a broken step in Photo 5.
Photo 6 is a sign beside each swimming pool. It gives some pool rules such as pool hours and shower before entering the pool. It also focuses on risk reduction by warning patrons that diving and running on the pool deck are not allowed. Also, it specifies no glasses in the pool – or unaccompanied youngsters.
I suppose the no topless sunbathing sign also falls in the risk management category. Might help to reduce eyestrain and prevent sunburns.
Photos 7 through 12 show an ongoing effort to trim the low branches and the young coconuts off the palm trees. When lounging under palm trees one should always look up to see if there are any coconuts. They do fall, and can injure you. Note in the six pictures some good risk management (man holding the ladder on the ground, top of the ladder securely tied to the tree) and some risks for the tree climber remain unaddressed (having to climb the tree if the ladder does not reach the limbs and there is no safety belt for the climber).
Next week, I will look at a few problems in the community near the resort.
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