4043Re: WARNING TO SNAP SHACKLE USERS!!!
- Jan 23, 2003Hello Chris,
All the legal text, flash pages, disclaimers, pdf files, copy/print
restrictions and copyright are a pain, aren't they? Things aren't
much easier from my perspective either.
All these measures aren't accidental and were brought about with a
purpose in mind. A sad, unfortunate one but a perceived need all the
same. Quite a while back, the Accident Database, ancestor of the
KSI generated concerns and calls for getting rid of it, given fears
that the information might be used against the sport. I had real
concerns about this as too many people didn't know or perhaps
appreciate the hazards that dwell with the strong positive aspects
of this sport. Hazard awareness has improved since that time but we
still have a way to go. Thanks to Hung for creating and maintaining
this excellent site to work towards spreading greater awareness and
knowledge about kiteboarding. The suggestions were taken to heart, a
lot of changes made and the KSI was brought about.
The KSI is stated to be a collection of largely unconfirmed events
that might be best to be considered to be plausible scenarios as
opposed to actual events. Makes sense to me. The KSI has terms of
use, they interfere with the distribution of the information to
kiteboarders but no where as great as taking the information out of
circulation would. The KSI is to be used by kiteboarders for
improving safety. Hence the access restrictions. It is a pain but
as a non-attorney it is the best that I could come up with.
Suggestions are welcome in this. I apologize for getting behind in
the KSI updates. There has been so much going on with new
initiatives such as the Ten Ideas campaign** and series of accidents
and new actions in response to them, that I have fallen behind
That will be fixed quite soon.
--- In email@example.com, Christopher Gaskins
> I really, really appreciate the accident reports. However, I am
> by the fact that the report is distributed in Acrobat PDF formatwith
> *printing restrictions*. I want to read the entire 50-60+ pagereport, but
> not on my screen, so the service is working against itself interms of
> maximizing the benefit of the report to the community. Is thereanything
> that can be done about this? Why is it copyrighted material withand value
> restriction on the reproduction? I care deeply about this sport
> tremendously the effort that is put into the accident report. Ijust want
> to see the benefit of the report maximized...of an
> >There has been another serious accident. Reportedly the failure
> >improperly rigged snap shackle to release was a key factor in theaccident.
> >If a snap shackle is used in lieu of a Quick Release, it must beproperly
> >rigged, maintained and tested to improve the odds that it willrelease when
> >needed. Accidents will happen in kiteboarding it would be good totry to
> >reduce the quantity of avoidable ones. More about this at:topic=5202&forum=1&0>http://www.kiteforum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?
> >FKA, Inc.
> >transcribed by:
> >Rick Iossi
> Christopher Gaskins, MAI
> Meridian Associates, Inc.
> P.O. Box 21177
> Salem, Oregon 97307-1177
> e-mail: gaskins@m...
> (503) 463-5000 (phone)
> (503) 463-5200 (fax)
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