Owners of paintball parks, or any adventure park for that matter, can be exposed to certain liability issues in day-to-day operations. Liability problems can affect the owners, staff, and clients; therefore, it is wise to minimize these issues as much as possible. This article is going to analyze the best strategy to ensure any accidents are kept to a minimum while taking a look at two different ways to minimize liability issues at your paintball park.
The first aspect of controlling liability problems is with prevention. In a practical way, management can take a common sense approach to reducing potential problems. For instance, in the game of paintball, an obvious risk is the damage that a paintball can do at the short range. If park designers place bigger distances between the bunkers of opposing teams, this risk can be minimized. Generally, paintball is an outdoor game, which creates some liability issues. By doing a site check everyday before opening, management can be aware of tripping hazards and similar complications; for example, fallen tree branches.
Another control measure for minimizing liability is by adding security to your staff. The game of paintball, by nature, can be adrenaline fueled and exciting. Often this can result in senseless behavior on behalf of some patrons. By having security guard staff on hand, this behavior can be controlled, even through their presence. Additionally, qualified security staff are often trained and certified in first aid and emergency response. If an accident does take place, a trained security guard could be the first on the scene to administer help, minimizing liability issues from the accident. One thing to keep in mind when hiring security staff is that, due to the nature of their work, they themselves need to be protected from liability problems. However, these issues can be covered through a good security guard liability insurance package.
At times, it may be impossible to prevent an accident from occurring. The second aspect of controlling liability issues is having a solid plan for when something does go wrong. Again, in a practical sense, it is wise to have staff trained to take care of problems that occur. For example, management can review if staff are aware and trained to deal with common industry accidents. Are they aware of the best way to contact emergency services? These facets of your paintball park should be reviewed continually.
In a less practical sense, but just as important, management should be continually reviewing the park’s insurance policy. With a comprehensive policy, when an accident does occur, the park will be equipped to deal with the consequences. For example, if a park was to face a lawsuit, if they have a suitable insurance policy they will not be faced with bankruptcy from a potential payout. Although, after such an accident they may be forced to pay higher premiums, the park can at least continue to operate and create revenue.
The key to minimizing liability issues is diligent planning. Owners should work with their management and in turn their staff to make sure that an adequate plan is in place to minimize issues. This planning should be in regards to both the prevention and consequence minimization aspects of liability problems.