Following the horrific ‘zorbing’ accident in Russia last month, when a father of two young children died and another was seriously injured, questions are being asked as to how the owners of the zorb were allowed to offer these rides without a license. Although this was an example of an extreme sports activity, do holidaymakers assume that organisers are licensed and adhere to stringent health and safety regulations?
The death of a Russian man in a ‘zorbing’ accident has brought to light the risks of taking part in extreme sports activities. Holidaymakers need to be aware that some organisers of these activities do not follow health and safety regulations and should not assume that they are licensed to provide the activity.
Zorbing originated in New Zealand in the 1990s, and involves being strapped into a large inflatable ball and rolled down a gentle slope with safety fences on either side. It must be an exhilarating experience when strict safety regulations are adhered to, but are too many of these types of extreme activity resulting in injuries that could have been avoided?
A representative from top holiday accident compensation provider, Accident Advice Helpline, said,
“Extreme sporting activities such as zorbing or bungee jumping tend to attract younger people who might not think to question the health and safety policy of the organisers. They might just assume that all is well and that nothing bad will happen to them.”Open Claim Calculator
They added, “whilst we do not want to discourage thrill-seekers from taking part in such activities, we urge them to step back for a moment and take an objective look at how the activity is being run before actually taking part. If they have any doubts at all, they should walk away.”
With many people now booking their summer 2013 holiday, this is sage advice from the personal injury claim advice experts.
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