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A collection of articles, research papers and conference publications related to risk management.


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Falling in Line with the Law Falling in Line with the Law

Date added: 03/10/2009
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by Kris Lines and Jon Heshka

Adults who choose to engage in physical activities which obviously give rise to a degree of unavoidable risk may find that they have no means of recompense if the risk materializes so that they are injured”. With these opening lines, the Court of Appeal reasserted a return to commonsense and traditional legal principles and dispelled the modern myth of a compensation culture in sport. Indeed, such a stance is particularly welcome in activities where the claimant has intentionally sought a risk and which eventuates with ultimately tragic consequences.

Accident Prevention Accident Prevention

Date added: 04/08/2008
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This is an excerpt from Trip Tips: An Outdoor Planning Manual for Students. The chapter gives an overview of a number of accident theories such as Hale's Dynamics of Accidents Model followed by practical examples of how the model can be applied to an outdoor trip situation. The discussion also explores hazard evaluation and situational awareness as risk management strategies.

The Supervision Paradox The Supervision Paradox

Date added: 04/12/2008
Date modified: 04/12/2008
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If a professional is at the same time “a hired hand” and “master of one’s fate”, how does an organization manage this paradox? How is it possible to ‘supervise’ the ‘hired hand’, yet ‘un-supervise’ to allow flexibility and judgment?

Evaluating Risk Evaluating Risk

Date added: 04/01/2008
Date modified: 10/07/2011
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This paper outlines the HIRA process of risk assessment. It presents a step-by-step approach to identify, assess and prioritize risk. Included are templates and worksheets.

The Delusion of Learning from Experience The Delusion of Learning from Experience

Date added: 06/11/2008
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This provocative statement pin points the fundamental flaw the outdoor industry’s current Risk Management (RM) model is built on. Common belief in the outdoor trip leading world is that experience is a guide’s most valuable tool...
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