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Signage and Risk Management in Borneo

By Doyice Cotten

Malaysia (particularly the Borneo area described here) is a beautiful country filled with jungles, streams, mountains, and extremely friendly people. It is one of the few Southeast Asia countries in which English is spoken by just about everyone. Also, we have found that Malaysia has more and better signage than most countries in this area. In this post we will look at some of that signage as well as some potential risks.  Please right-click on an image for a larger view.

Summary of State Agritourism Statutes

By Doyice Cotten

In recent years, many states have added statutes providing liability protection for landowners making their agricultural land available for the purposes of agritourism. Currently (June, 2016), the author has found agritourism statutes in 22 states. The statutes vary considerably among states, as can be seen from examining the following table.

Interpreting the Table

First, the column headed Limits Liability for … (column 3) shows that almost all specify protection for injuries resulting from the inherent risks.

Ph.D. Fails to Read Waiver for FlowRider . . . Risk Management Signage and Waiver Protect

By Doyice Cotten

In a recent case (Steinberg v. Sahara Sam’s Oasis, LLC, 2014), the plaintiff was injured when he attempted the FlowRider. He sued alleging negligence and gross negligence on the part of the provider.

One of the issues was that the provider did not meet 2008 standards, but that was not necessary since the company was given a three year certification to operate the ride prior to the issuance of 2008 standards.

Risk Signage that Gets Your Attention!

By Doyice Cotten

Sport, fitness and recreation professionals know all about risk … and most know at least a little about risk management. And, certainly, we all are familiar with warning signs. Some are good, some are not effective, and some are such that they are not even noticed.

“Why bother with warning signs? Any fool can see a trampoline is dangerous!” you might say. Well, sport, fitness, and recreation providers are faced with possible liability for injuries created by two types of risk: 1) inherent risks of the activity and 2) risks created by the negligence of the provider.

Safety Emphasis at County Fairs

By Doyice Cotten

The emphasis on safety has changed over the years in the United States. Years ago, the only signage you saw at a fair was for the rides or booths. Today, however, warning signs and safety restrictions abound. The photos in this article were taken recently at a fair in South Georgia where rides were everywhere – ranging from simple safe rides or activities as in Photo one  to exciting,

Waiver and Signage Helps Protect an Illinois Gymnastics Club

By Doyice Cotten

A strong waiver written specifically for a particular sport business can help to protect the business against liability for negligence resulting in injuries. In Macias v. Naperville Gymnastics Club (2015), Kamil Macias paid ten dollars and signed a liability waiver in order to use the facility. While at the club, Macias observed clients landing in a foam jumping pit; he tried it and suffered a broken neck when he landed head first into the foam.

Risk Management at a Mexico All-Inclusive Resort

By Doyice Cotten

A family vacation in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico gave me an opportunity to evaluate risk management at an all-inclusive resort. One would have to give the Resort a passing grade for its risk management program. There was evidence that someone who knew about risks was in charge of controlling risks at the resort.

The first thing that jumps out was the safety signage about the resort. Photos 1-6 included warnings and rules for patrons to follow.

Interesting Safety Signage Around the World

By Doyice Cotten

Americans traveling in other countries have the opportunity to see some interesting, and often, unique signage. A few are presented in this post. Some, like the first one, are not usually seen in the United States. The meaning, however, should be obvious.

Some of the signs warn of unique dangers. Others illustrate the difficulty in translating from another language to English. This is particularly true in the Chinese signs. Notice that several of the signs do not depend on translation or reading ability.

China’s Interesting Signage and a Few Risks

By Doyice Cotten

Last week we addressed some common risks for tourists traveling in China; this week, we will address a few more hazards and some signage challenges. Risk management signage in tourist areas is common, however, they may not always be clear due to translation or language differences.

In Photos 1 through 6, one can see that the English translation is not quite the same as what we would say. They do, however, generally get the point across.

Great Signage in Israel – But Some Dangers Remain

By Doyice Cotten

On a recent visit to Israel, one thing relating to risk management really stood out – great signage and warnings. This is not totally unexpected in a modern country like Israel.

Below I have included a number of risk management pluses; and have followed them with a number of photos showing some dangers that still exist. I think the risks shown will be apparent.

Click on the image to enlarge.