Bungee jumping is a thrilling, adrenaline-pumping activity enjoyed by millions of people every year. It is, however, a highly dangerous activity that, if things go wrong, can easily lead to potentially fatal personal injuries.
It is therefore vital to take all possible precautions to prevent accidental injuries. In the UK, this means operators are required to adhere to a set of fundamental safety principles known as the BERSA Code. These principles are informed participation, competence and redundancy.
Bungee jumping injuries and informed participation
Informed participation essentially means jumpers must be made aware of the potential risks before jumping. Often, this means being given documentation of risk assessments, and participants are usually asked to sign insurance waivers, during which they can ask any questions they may have.
Competence and bungee injuries
The competence principle applies to personnel as well as equipment. In essence, it requires operators and employees to prevent bungee related injuries by having the necessary training and knowledge to safely perform the required jobs, while safety equipment must meet minimum standards designed to ensure their capability and reliability under both normal and extreme conditions.
Redundancy, the back-up system
The third and final principle is redundancy, which basically states that the failure of one element should not be allowed to result in failure of the entire system. In other words, back-up facilities to ensure jumpers are not injured by accident due to equipment failure must be in place. If, for example, an ankle harness should fail, a second harness, typically around the jumper’s waist, should immediately come into action. In a similar way, all tasks performed by crew members have to be checked by another person before activities are completed.
What you can do to prevent injuries
Participants can reduce their risk of injury by bungee jumping by ensuring that they only use experienced legitimate, properly licensed operators, as well as double-checking provided equipment before taking the leap.
If you were injured during a bungee jump because of equipment failure or a mistake made by operators, you may be entitled to accidental injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline and discuss your case with a friendly, experienced adviser. The Freephone number is available 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and calls are confidential. Once you decide to claim for compensation, one of this law firms lawyers will be assigned to deal with your claim on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Date Published: January 28, 2014
Author: David Brown