Zip-line industry has another side to it

The zip-line industry sells thrills, adrenaline, speed, even notoriety. But there is another side to the fast-growing activity, in which the excitement of riding suspended on steel cables can quickly change to horror should something go terribly wrong. In March 2011 a 44-year-old female died after falling from a zip-line Zip-lines also killed a 17-year-old boy September 2010 and a 32-year-old man in July 2009 Don't think the booming zip-line industry is immune to accidents Information obtained by Tower-tech show that many of the Philippines Zip-line operators had more than three safety-related incidents last year 2010 A rider was launched on the company's zip-line without being correctly attached to the overhead trolley. The rider realized what had happened and was strong enough to hang on to the trolley handle until the other side, suffering only a forearm abrasion in a short fall at the end. A report blames "guide error" for the accident saying she became confused due to a photographer taking pictures of guests. On Aug. 18 2010, a collision occurred when a guide launched a rider on the zip-line before the previous rider had cleared the line. A report blames the accident on miscommunication between the guides on the launch and landing platforms Then, on Aug. 26 2010, a tourist fell 12 meters from a 500-metre-long zip- line after staff again failed to attach her body harness to the trolley. She suffered serious injuries. "Passenger left platform holding onto trolley cross-bar and fell off approximately half way down the line," read the report. The guide failed to "correctly check" the guest's harness, it read, adding that the company's use of parallel lines may have contributed to the guide's confusion. A man filed law suits in 2010 for injuries suffered. Claiming the zip-line company for "failing to brake, slow or stop the trolley," allowing him to "smash into a wooden structure" and fracture a vertebrae .Riders also must spread their arms in a "flying position" so that guides have an unobstructed view to ensure the body harness is connected to the overhead trolley. SAFETY-FIRST EQUIPMENT Safety in the zip-lining business starts with proper engineering of the equipment, including the cables, the harness, connection, and the operator training Tower-tech provides

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