Zipline Safety


Zipline safety for team building and tourists

Ziplines are all the rage… especially for team building events and eco-driven-tourism—not to mention… thrill seekers.

As a result, new zipline operators are opening up to meet the growing demand and capitalize on the frenzy.

Since 2001, ziplines have soared from 10 locations to well over 200 in the U.S.

Several high profile deaths and numerous injuries have resulted from ziplining in recent years; many, if not all, were avoidable.

Currently, about 9 states have regulations concerning ziplines.

That is no excuse though for not providing a safe operation.

When planning an event, only use operators that are compliant with ACCT and ASTM on ziplining/challenge courses.

Visit the site prior to and get a feel for the operation—compare against multiple operations.

Planning an event includes safety.

Event Safety Sign Standards


safety sign standards

Safety Signage is vital to the success of an event or the operation of an attraction/venue.

Unfortunately, most events overlook, underutilize, or take liberties with the creativity of safety signage at events.

When developing safety signage, most fail to adhere to established standards regarding the development of safety signage.

ANSI Z535 is a safety sign standard that addresses the formats, colors, and symbols for safety signs used in environmental and facility applications.

ANSI has a hazard chart that assists you in determining the level of the hazard (Danger, warning, caution, notice).

Next time, consult the standard and properly inform and warn your staff, patrons and vendors.

Planning for Lightning


Planning for lightning at an event

Lightning can be an event planner’s worst nightmare, especially true for outdoor events.

About 2,000 people are killed worldwide by lightning each year; a 1 in 3000 chance of being struck in the U.S. in your lifetime.

Did you know… you can be struck by lightning from 10 miles away, with blue skies overhead?

How are you monitoring the weather?

What is your contingency plan?

Standing under a tall tree to take shelter does not count!

Think about it!

Attraction Liability Waivers


Limitations of liability waivers

The use of a waiver is a legal decision by someone to voluntarily relinquish or surrender some known right or privilege.

Within the events and attractions industries, participants in extreme sports, certain amusement devices and immersive entertainment experiences are often required to sign a waiver.

When writing a waiver for a patron experience, it is important to address the hazards associated with the normal use or operation of the experience being provided.

Please understand, that an operator cannot waive hazards caused by failing to adhere to regulations, standards and common industry practices.

As event planners, develop a plan to ensure that your vendor is qualified to operate and meets all industry standards and practices and remain engaged throughout the process.

Negligent Planning and Operation


Negligent event planning

Negligence is a legal term concerning a failure to use reasonable care.

Usually when a negligent act occurs someone is injured or something had been damaged.

As event planners and venue/attraction operators we have a legal obligation to be familiar with and address known and foreseeable hazards that impact patrons, staff and vendors.

When a planner or operator fails to act reasonably, and an incident occurs, they might be sued.

A determination will be made by the courts regarding the planner or operator’s duty and degree of care.

We (industry professionals) are the experts, let’s rely on each other to address event, venue and attraction hazards.

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