b'EDITORS NOTES BY BEN QUIGGLESafety First! Training Key to Protecting ParkWoodalls Campground Magazine (WCM) ran a feature a coupleof months ago that highlighted the importance of having the properinsurance coverage in place. It really is key to protecting your finan-cial future and the long-term future of your business. Another aspect of protecting your business is ensuring that youhave the proper training methods in place to help your staff mem-bers understand the correct ways to do things. The idea being thatall safety precautions will be followed and it will limit the chance foran accident at your park. Still, if you talk with insurance experts, it is amazing how many ofthem have horror stories of park owners who didnt follow best practices and sufferedthe consequences. In fact, WCM, as a member of several popular Facebook groups,has witnessed park owners talking about a lack of training at their parks. One particular owner noted that if an adult cant drive a golf cart, then theyshouldnt expect to work at his park. Golf cartswhich have become a popular tool for park ownersarent that diffi-cult to handle and any adult who has driving experience should be able to handle one.But like a car, a golf cart can easily be misused and safety practices can easily be ig-nored. Various park owners have noted that employees will leave the keys in the ignitionof golf carts, leave golf carts running when they are unoccupied or travel at high ratesof speed. These are all situations that can lead to accidents. Unfortunately, a Yogi Bears Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Virginia learned thisthe hard way when an employee left a golf cart running while they were loading it withequipment. A speaker fell onto the carts gas pedal, causing the cart to careen into anearby bounce house. Six kids were hurt, several with broken bones. Golf carts arent the only issue. Employees perform a variety of tasks including land-scaping, housekeeping and other maintenance tasks that need to be done safely andcorrectly. A Sun Resortspark is currently being sued by a family who tragically sufferedthe loss of a child due to a septic tank cover not being properly secured. With the advent of social media, even your front desk staff could create issues if notproperly trained on how to handle customer complaints, reviews and so on. The fact is, every park needs to have a robust training program that effectively trainsemployees on how to do their jobs correctly. When it comes to things like operating a golf cart and securing septic tank lids thereshould be clear expectations in place and training records that indicate every em-ployee knows what they are doing and how to do it safely. It will provide a way for you to demonstrate that you are being as proactive as pos-sible to prevent an accident, and should one occur, it will help you defend yourself ifa lawsuit is filed. WCMwww.woodallscm.com G & M E D I A LLC Vol. 52 No. 9 Sept. 2021GROUPContact Information: EditorialSherman Goldenberg, Publisher Rick Kessler, Managing Editorsgoldenberg@rvbusiness.com rkessler@rvbusiness.comOffice: (574) 457-3370 (734) 777-6830Mobile: (574) 457-6637 Gary Gerard, Editorial DirectorFax: (574) 457-8295 ggerard@rvbusiness.comBen Quiggle, Editor (574) 528-1275bquiggle@rvbusiness.comMobile: (574) 306-7781 Jeff Crider, Senior Editorcampinginfosource@gmail.comAdvertising: (760) 469-5905Ally Kollat, Account Wendy Thorne, AccountExecutive, National Ad Sales Executive, National Ad Salesakollat@g-gmediagroup.com wthorne@g-gmediagroup.comOffice: (574) 266-7980 Office (574) 266-7980Art Direction:Trina Nissley, Art Directortnissley@rvbusiness.comAll general correspondence, circulation and display and classified sales inquiries may be directed to the following:Woodalls Campground Magazine, C/O G&G Media Group LLC, 2901 E. BristolSt., Ste. B, Elkhart, IN 46514. Fax: (574) 266-7984Owners, managers or marketing directors of privately held U.S. campgroundsmay receive a free subscription upon request to Woodalls Campground Magazineone free subscription per campground. Others may purchase subscriptions at these rates: $24.95 per year U.S. or $35.95 per year in Canada.Contact Woodalls Campground Magazine, C/O G&G Media Group LLC, 2901 E. Bristol St., Ste. B, Elkhart, IN 46514. Email: rvbusiness@rvbusiness.comWoodalls Campground Magazine is published monthly by G&G Media GroupLLC at the above address.2 September 2021 Woodalls Campground Magazine'