Safety checks when zip lining ensures your adventure stays memorable for all the right reasons. Zip lining is a thrilling, exciting, adrenaline-fuelled activity. Like all extreme sports, care must be taken to avoid zip lining injuries.
Safety checks when zip lining – the basics
In order to avoid serious sporting injuries, the following safety precautions should be taken into account. Please note this list is not exhaustive.
All zip line equipment should be subjected to regular, thorough inspection. Over time, equipment can be damaged from corrosion, improper use and general wear and tear. Inspections should be done annually, and before each zip line session.
Before each session
The following steps are essential safety checks when zip lining.
- Check the anchors. These are the points where the cables are attached. For example, if you are using a tree as an anchor, make sure it’s alive and healthy. Using a limp, dead or dying tree will only result in a zip lining accident,
- Check the cable terminations. Slings, eyebolts and turnbuckles all need to be checked both physically and visually. All nuts and bolts should be checked with a wrench to ensure they are still secure.
- Check the cable. The entire length of the cable itself needs to be visually inspected for damage. Cable damage would include frays, knots, twists, too much sag, corrosion etc.
- Check the riding gear. This includes the seat, handlebar, seat rope, harnesses and the locking mechanisms. Make sure they are in good working order.
Once all the equipment has been checked, perform a weight test. Attach a load of a similar weight to the heaviest expected person and bounce the load several times to generate maximum stress.
It’s also essential to weight test all the riding gear. The more thorough your tests, the lower the chances of a zip lining accident.
After the session
Make sure each piece of equipment is dismantled properly and put away in the right manner. This minimises the chances of the equipment being damaged during storage. This, in turn, means you should get a longer life out of your zip lining equipment. It also means you shouldn’t have to replace it next time.
Sporting accidents are a horrible experience. If you are injured in a sporting accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be due compensation.
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Date Published: May 4, 2017
Author: Accident Advice