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Top 3 abseiling accidents


Abseiling is one of the most dangerous sports to participate in. Injuries sustained in abseiling accidents can range from minor cuts and bruises to broken limbs, neck, head and back injuries. Here are some of the most common accidents that can happen while abseiling.


Common abseiling accidents

The three most common abseiling accidents are:

  • Falling from height due to failing anchors
  • Abseiling straight of the rope’s end or being lowered off the belayer’s rope’s end
  • Being dropped by inattentive belayers

Other comparatively common abseiling accidents include:

  • Being hit by falling objects (rocks or ice)
  • Being caught in an avalanche while approaching the abseiling site
  • Landing badly during bouldering activities
  • Falling from height due to not being tied in properly

Many abseiling accidents can be prevented by checking equipment thoroughly before setting off and:

  • Checking each other’s tie-ins
  • Securing rope ends with prusik, Kleimheist or auto-lock knots
  • Ensuring climbing partners are responsible and will not drop you due to lack of attention

Getting plenty of sleep and taking breaks to prevent tiredness is equally important, as tiredness is often the main cause of abseiling accidents.


Right to claim

If you were injured while abseiling because new equipment failed or because your climbing partner did not pay adequate attention, you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim.


Accident Advice Helpline

With over 16 years’ experience in processing abseiling injury claims, we can provide you with helpful compensation advice and get you the compensation your abseiling-related accident entitles you to fast and efficiently.


What to expect

Working for you under a no win no fee conditional fee agreement, our solicitors will support you from start to finish of the claim process. This includes establishing who is liable for your accidental injury, gathering necessary supporting evidence and negotiating your compensation award with the person or company you are claiming against.

In many cases, our legal experts can avoid claims having to be settled by a court. We cannot, however, promise that we will be able to do this in your case, as claim circumstances vary.

Once your claim has been concluded, a percentage will be deducted from the amount you were awarded to cover any legal fees and other expenses we may have incurred during the claim process.


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