Bungee jumping – a pursuit guaranteed to thrill. However, as with all adrenaline-fuelled activities the likelihood of experiencing physical injuries is really quite high.
While most bungee jumping experiences are fun-filled and perfectly safe, thanks to stringent health and safety regulations, there is always a chance of sustaining bungee jumping related injuries, as well as accidents such as slips, trips and falls.
Staying safe when bungee jumping
When you consider undertaking such adventure pursuits it is important to put the risks involved to the forefront of your mind. Always book your bungee jumping experience through a certified company, whose staff are trained to ensure your optimum safety throughout.
While the adventure pursuits company is legally responsible for ensuring your health and safety, it is advisable that you check the equipment as best you can, prior to beginning your experience. This will minimise the risk of any avoidable bungee jumping falls, as well as equipment-related injuries.
The BERSA Code
As well as the stringent specifications, which must be met by all bungee jumping equipment, The BERSA Code has been recently instigated by the UK Bungee Club and the Health and Safety Executive to ensure some fundamental safety principles. These are:
- Informed Participation giving participants the information needed to make informed decisions about bungee jumping, for example, that it is not a ride but a physically-demanding pursuit, similar to abseiling or rock climbing
- Redundancy ensuring that all practices have a back up
- Competence guaranteeing that all staff and equipment employed meet the required standards to ensure participant health and safety and minimise the risk of sporting accidents
Claiming compensation for bungee jumping accidents
Whether you suffered a fall due to defective equipment or sustained a whiplash injury caused by ill-fitting safety attire, no matter the nature of your claim, if you have suffered bungee jumping injuries through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
So long as the accident in question occurred within the last three years and you are able to provide evidence to suggest liability and in support of your stated medical ailment, it is likely that Accident Advice Helpline will be able to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
Getting in touch with Accident Advice Helpline
For more information, speak with one of our specialist advisors today via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice