An accident when hang gliding could prove to be fatal. That’s why it’s essential to carry out safety checks before setting off. As a law firm with years of experience in all areas of personal injury compensation including slips, trips and falls and sports injuries, Accident Advice Helpline are masters when it comes to identifying potential risks and dangers. With our handy guide to hang gliding safety, you can help to prevent the chances of an injury.
Before embarking on a flight, take a 360° walk around your glider and perform a visual inspection. Be sure to check all nuts, bolts, wires and straps for damage. Run your hands along the leading edge to verify there are no LE mylar bends, check for symmetry. Pre-flight harness ropes/straps. Repeat if interrupted.
Harness check routine
It is important to either hook in your harness and perform a hang check. Check that your harness lines are not twisted or damaged and check that leg straps are secure. This should become a routine and be performed before every flight.
Hang strap check
Be careful when adjusting hang straps as even the smallest change in hang loop position can radically affect the flight characteristics of your glider.
Helmets, parachutes and gear
As with any extreme sport, it is vital to have the correct safety gear when hang gliding. Buy a full face helmet and parachute, and ensure that the helmet has the requisite padding to absorb impact in the event of a slip, trip or fall.
Be cautious with changes
Be careful with new gear, or making changes. Small changes (wires, tip tuning, sail, mounting a camera, etc) ) can have a big effect on flying characteristics. Adding extra gear, like a drogue chute, can be useful in cases, but it can also cause accidents (such as when a drogue chute is deployed above the base tube). Think through any changes to your glider and gear.
Performing these steps before embarking on a guide or flight can help to reduce the chances of an accident. Always remember, if you have been injured within the last three years as the result of a sports injury and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by friendly, professional advisors. All claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win-no-fee* basis so you won’t be out of pocket should your claim for compensation be unsuccessful.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice