Whose responsibility is it to create emergency evacuation plans for tents? In the past, this responsibility has typically fallen on the event planner or equipment lessee (customer). Fortunately for rental operators, these parties continue to shoulder much of the responsibility, but that is likely to change, at least to a degree. This appears to be yet another area where rental operators may soon find themselves being held liable for compliance with safety requirements over which they’ve historically had little or no control.
A woman rented a tiller and while the contract was printing, she went out to help the rental store employee load it into her truck. Climbing into the bed of the truck, intending to secure the tiller, the customer took a step backwards, falling off the tailgate, landing on her knee, breaking her tibia. The injury ultimately required 10 surgeries….
As many rental operators have come to understand, sometimes painfully, a rental contract can be a tremendously valuable source of protection, but in most cases, only if the customer signs it.
The United States has suffered a recent spike of severe weather events. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. has experienced an average of 4.8 “billion dollar” weather events per year since 1980 (in 2012 adjusted dollars). A remarkable 25 of those events occurred between 2011 and 2012, nearly tripling the historic average.