‘Risk, Liability and Outdoor Adventure’ BMC Conference – notes and slideshow
November 1, 2012 1 Comment
Here are the slides for my contribution to the British Mountaineering Council’s conference on ‘Risk, liability and outdoor adventure’. This event was targetted at landowners and managers and featured speakers from the BMC, RoSPA, the Country Land & Business Association, the National Trust, risk professionals and politicians. [ NB: The BMC has now (9-11-2012) set up a webpage featuring summaries of all of the speakers’ presentations: http://www.thebmc.co.uk/bmcs-risk-liability–outdoor-adventure-conference-an-overview]
Everyone agreed that the risk of landowner liability for adults engaging in adventure sports like climbing, caving and wild swimming is low. The challenge though is how to spread that message to reluctant landowners…
And here – following requests – are links for items mentioned in the slideshow:
- Bennett, L. & Crowe, L. (2008), Landowners’ Liability? Is Perception of the Risk of Liability for Visitor Accidents a Barrier to Countryside Access?, Countryside Recreation Network, Sheffield. Available at: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/678/.
- Bennett, L. (2010), “Trees and public liability – who really decides what is reasonably safe?”, Arboricultural Journal, Vol. 33(3), pp. 141-164. Available at: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/2861/
- Bennett, L. (2011a), “Judges, child trespassers and occupiers’ liability”, The International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, Vol. 3(2), pp. 126-145. Available at: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/2862/
- Bennett, L. (2011b). “Bunkerology – a case study in the theory and practice of urban exploration” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 29 (3), 421-434.
- Bennett, L. (2012). “Who goes there? Accounting for gender in the urge to explore abandoned military bunkers.” Gender, Place and Culture. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0966369X.2012.701197
- Bennett, L. & Gibbeson, C. (2010), “Perceptions of occupiers’ liability risk by estate managers: a case study of memorial safety in English cemeteries”, The International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, Vol. 2(1), pp. 77-93. Available at http://shura.shu.ac.uk/1737/
- CLA (Country Land and Business Association) (2007), “Response to the DEFRA consultation on proposals to improve access to the English coast” submission dated 11 September 2007, CLA, London.
- Outplan / Public Right of Way Services Ltd (2011) The impacts of current Occupiers’ Liability legislation in Northern Ireland on outdoor recreation, Sport Northern Ireland, Belfast. Available at: http://www.sportni.net/about/PolicyAndResearch/Recent+Research