Inspection and Maintenance of Zip Lines

Inspecting your zip line routinely is the best way to ensure safe and lasting enjoyment. The practices that are discussed below will help you ensure that your zip line ride is perfect condition and that all parts are working properly. You should never use the zip line without performing the required tests and inspections.

Types of Inspections to be Carried Out

Biannual Inspection

This inspection should be done every six months. If you are professional zip line service, you can perform these inspections before and after the end of every season.

Per Session Inspection

A zip line session will consist of many rides in a small amount of time. If the zip line ride is used frequently throughout the day, the inspection should be done daily. If the zip line is used less frequently, then the inspection needs to be performed only before the ride or after multiple rides.

Per Ride Inspection

As the name of the inspection suggests, it should be done before every person zip down the cable.

Per Change Inspection

This inspection should be done after making any change or adjustment in the existing zip line. The changes can be adjusting the height of cable anchors, changing the tension of the cable, or any changes to the zip line brake system.

Proper inspection should also be done after installing the zip line kit for the first time. After inspecting and making sure that all the parts of the zip line are working properly, some tests need to be conducted.

Weight Test

  • Attach a load (not a person) that is equivalent to the weight of a person to trolley that is mounted on the cable.
  • Bounce the load up and down at the middle of the cable so that the trolley and the cable experience maximum stress.
  • Remove the weight and then check the cable anchors and the termination hardware for any defects and configuration as per the recommendations of the installer.
  • Observe the trolley chassis for bends, cracks, or any other defects.

After performing the weight test, you will need to perform a check of the zip line brake system and the riding gear to ensure that all the parts in proper working condition.