It’s been just over a year since a construction worker was killed when a zipline tower there collapsed, critically injuring another man also working at the site.Lawmakers introduced legislation last spring aimed at implementing statewide zipline regulation and inspection following the accident. Despite a tragic accident costing the life of a zipline course builder’s employee in September 2011, there is insufficient data supporting the existence of a serious risk to the public’s health, safety, and welfare.
The state auditor’s report also pointed out that ziplines are already inspected annually for insurance purposes by accredited experts, resulting in an industry that “is basically self-regulating. Generally, we found the aerial adventure course industry, which includes ziplines and canopy tours, has a good safety record, given that certain risks are inherent in such activities. In the meantime, though, he recommended that travel agents and consumers ask zipline operators about whether or not they adhere to standards set by the Association for Challenge Course Technologies (ACCT), a national organization that has developed a rigorous set of rules for zipline course design and operator training.