RIMS 2016

Kick-Off With a Bang

Risk management went from talk to action at the RIMS opening festivities.
By: | April 11, 2016
Topics: RIMS | Risk Management

The opening reception of RIMS 2016 on 5th Avenue in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter included an unfortunate twist when some attendees were injured toward the end of the festivities.

A fireworks display, lit from a roof near Dick’s Last Resort, went awry, and a few fireworks were misdirected into the crowd.

An errant firework landed in the crowd near Safety National employees. One was treated and released while two others suffered burned clothing. Those in the immediate vicinity were understandably shaken up.

“It’s unfortunate when things like this happen at events and I am sure there will be a lot of review of how things like this can be prevented in the future,” said Mark Walls, VP of communications and strategic analysis at Safety National. “This is a good example of how risk management will respond in terms of making sure this doesn’t happen again.”

Additionally, witnesses say a risk management student suffered burns and stayed the night in a hospital.

RIMS is currently working with the fire marshal, which is investigating the incident.

RIMS could not yet offer official comment. But given the savvy of the professionals involved, there’s little question that the proper contracts and policies are in place to protect people and property and ensure that any damage is addressed swiftly.

Michelle Kerr is Workers’ Compensation Editor and National Conference Chair for Risk & Insurance. She can be reached at [email protected].

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