Challenging and without doubt dangerous, rock climbing offers participants the opportunity to gain a great sense of achievement and success. Said to help develop participants’ confidence and self-reliance; trust, patience and consideration for others, as well as the ability to overcome fear, well-run rock climbing sessions can offer a wealth of exciting opportunities for shared experiences and group adventures. In order to prevent rock climbing accidents, it is, however, essential to be aware of the possible dangers involved.
One of the first risks climbers face is that of equipment failure. It is therefore, vital to prevent falls from height by ensuring that all climbing and safety equipment – such as helmets and harnesses, abseiling and belay devices, and ropes, for example – is in good working order and well fitted to suit each individual.
Groups of climbers will include individuals of varying capabilities. It is important to match the session to such capabilities in order to prevent climbing accidents caused by inexperience. All climbers must be made aware of safety rules and procedures and should be supervised at all times.
Naturally, it is also elementary to be aware of potential risks of slips, trips and falls presented by the terrain. This includes determining whether the rock to be climbed consists of loose or solid material, whether it is slow drying, and so on. Particular hazards to look out for include loose rock, wet holds, possible distractions and, of course, other climbers.
In order to avoid rock climbing injuries caused by deteriorating weather conditions, it is also important to check weather forecasts and refrain from climbing if particularly bad weather is likely to draw in. Even if good weather is expected, climbers should be prepared for a sudden deterioration of weather conditions by wearing suitable footwear for all conditions and either wearing or carrying waterproof clothing.
When experiences turn bad
Should you sustain a rock climbing injury due to equipment failure, a mistake made by another climber or a slip, trip or fall that could have been prevented by the actions of another climber, group leader or venue staff, when climbing indoors, for instance, it is possible that you may be entitled to personal injury compensation.
Find out whether you are entitled to claim for compensation and get the help of an experienced Accident Advice Helpline solicitor, by calling our law firm’s no-obligation advice line today on 0800 689 0500. Calls are free and strictly confidential.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice