Jason Boyd, P.E. is down in New Orleans for the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association’s Annual Conference. He is on two panels involving other industry members, “ADA Accessibility: From Brick & Mortar to the World Wide Web Is Your Business Compliant?” and “Engineering the Risk out of Flooring and Walkways”.
ADA Accessibility: From Brick & Mortar to the World Wide Web Is Your Business Compliant?
More than 50 million Americans with disabilities are potential customers of retail businesses,
restaurants, hotels and other types of traditional brick and mortar public establishments. Those
same 50 million Americans are also potential customers of web based businesses. Since 1990,
the Americans with Disabilities Act has required businesses to remove barriers from older
buildings and to design and build new facilities to improve accessibility. There are extensive
federal regulations on that topic but none, as of yet, that specifically address accessibility
issues on the internet. Does that mean only brick and mortar establishments need to be ADA
complaint? Not necessarily. Join us for an hour to learn what you need to do to get and remain
compliant with ADA requirements.
Moderator: Madeline Baio; Panelists: Jason Boyd, PE; Kurt Leisure; Kathy Wahlbin
Engineering the Risk out of Flooring and Walkways
Retail customers and restaurant goers are constantly inundated with stimuli vying for their
attention. When these stimuli are combined with challenging environmental factors, a recipe for
disaster is created. This presentation by a forensic engineer who designs and tests parking lots
and walkways, and two attorneys – one who manages claims for a major retailer and the other
who defends against claims for insurance and retail who have litigated a number of slip, trip and
fall accidents in retail settings – takes a close look at mitigating some of the risk out of flooring
and walkways. The elements discussed will include walkway design, flooring surfaces, codes and
standards, cleaning and maintenance, coefficients of friction and more! Join this conversation
that focuses on making your customers’ dining and shopping experiences injury-free.
Panelists: Jason Boyd, PE; Brian Kane, Esq.; Douglas Stipanovich, Esq.