Rise Of Zip Line Casualties Calls For Regulation Of Commercial Zip Lines

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The recent rise in the number of casualties from unsafe zip line rides has forced the authorities in North Carolina to regulate private zip line entertainments. An equipment failure occurred two weeks ago in a YMCA summer camp in a western town in North Carolina has caused the death of a 12-year old girl. Primary investigation reports indicate that the accident occurred as a result of faulty zip line brake.

The accident took place when the zip line snapped when the girl was coming down a slope. The faulty zip line brake failed to regulate the speed. Consequently, the girl fell into a 20 feet deep ravine and died on the spot.

Media blamed the authorities for the incident, as it did not conduct frequent inspections of the zip lines in the state. However, the authorities have not responded to any of the media reports.

Popularity Of Zip Line In North Carolina

Like most other states in the United States, the popularity of zip line is on the rise in North Carolina. However, unlike other states, North Carolina does not have any restrictions on commercial zip lines. It appears that anyone can set up zip line and open it for public use. The labor department of North Carolina has excluded zip line from amusement rides. This lets anyone to set up commercial zip lines in the state.

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In the wake of the accident, many people showed concern over the lack of safety standard and regulation for setting up commercial zip line in North Carolina. Some pointed out that most of the neighboring states like West Virginia, Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Colorado, California, Arkansas, and Pennsylvania, have implemented strict safety regulation on starting commercial zip lines. In these states, zip line operators are required to comply with a set of regulations and requirements such as insurance coverage, frequent inspections, strong zip line brake for the ropes, etc. The operator’s license can be suspended if found violating any of these safety requirements.

Zip line casualties are rare in Unites States, except in North Carolina. The recent zip line injuries and casualties reported in the state are clear signs that the operators there are not complying with the safety standards. The authorities should control commercial zip line operators in the state through licensing. Likewise, zip lines that are being operated without proper zip line brake should be suspended from further operations.