Ah, safety. The bane of liability concerns. Really, all that we are talking about here is figuring out ways to best reduce the chances of unplanned actions that can contain elements of harm to an individual. The tricky part of figuring this out happens once you realize that people with less-than-perfect levels of ability are more prone to accidents… right?
Accidents occur due to hazards. Remove or minimize hazards, and accidents will be reduced, or sometimes even eliminated.Not necessarily, as this is completely dependent on context. Look at it this way: Accidents occur due to hazards. Remove or minimize hazards, and accidents will be reduced, or sometimes even eliminated. It’s true that people with physical limitations encounter more hazards in today’s society. Little things that able-bodied folks don’t think about (uneven terrain, steps, steep slopes, etc) can make a huge difference in whether someone feels comfortable in (or getting to) a certain location, or even becoming a patron of a business or organization. We’re seeing an increase in the prevalence of cognitive disabilities, and with that increase comes greater need to ensure that safeguards and more awareness exists for individuals who might take a little longer to perform a task.
Consider implementing some features that provide fail-safe measures.We’re not suggesting that it’s necessary to eliminate everything that might be hazardous. That’s not always realistic, sometimes due to location, or because a little bit of risk is inherently involved (e.g., product development for a sharp tool). We are, however, suggesting that you consider implementing some features that provide fail-safe measures, i.e., safeguards (even little things like stops that prevent drawers from falling out when extended, or wrist straps on Wii remotes). All it takes is a little extra thought, and at the very least, making people more aware of hazardous issues.[bookpagefooter]