- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A state agency says North Carolina doesn’t need to add new regulations to zip lines.

The Department of Labor report released earlier this month said zip lines are more like sports with active participants than amusement park rides with passive users and there will always be a risk involved in sliding down a wire in a harness on a system of pulleys.

“No amount of regulation will remove all risk from this industry, and the department is not convinced that additional regulations will create a safer industry,” the agency wrote in the report, obtained by the News & Observer of Raleigh (https://bit.ly/1PdHlKf ).

Lawmakers asked the agency to write the report after a 12-year-old camper died in a fall this summer in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Department of Labor has given the report to the Legislature’s agriculture committees to discuss.

The report also notes that most zip lines deaths are caused by human error and riders get training before they start and sign a waiver knowing there are risks.

If legislators want to do something, they should suggest that zip line design and construction be approved by engineers, according to the report.


Information from: The News & Observer, https://www.newsobserver.com

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