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Zip wire brake failure

Zip wire brake failure
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Two companies operating in the UK's adventure tourism sector have each been fined £200,000 after an instructor was paralysed from the waist down while on a zip wire ride in Bedfordshire.

The August edition of SHP reports the 2011 incident occurred when the braking mechanism on the 200m-long ride was not reset. The 21-year-old man, who had carried out the activity hundreds of times, struck cables and a frame at the end of the ride at a speed of more than 50 km/h. He is now in a wheelchair.

A similar incident earlier in the year forced an instructor to catch a girl at the bottom of the ride. A risk assessment ordered by the local council after this first incident had not been carried out.

The ride operator, Bodyflight, and the man's employer, Flowhouse (Bedford) Ltd, were both prosecuted.

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Bodyflight; Flowhouse (Bedford)
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