A piece of play equipment that historically has been found only in camp settings, and even there not too frequently, is the zip-line slide. However, this inexpensive-to-install apparatus is beginning to find its way into several new, more accessible settings and thus should be more carefully considered. Because of low initial cost, they are being donated by kind-hearted groups to school playgrounds, daycare centers, public parks, and even YMCA facilities. Zip-lines have enormous potential for fun, but they also have enormous probability for injury, frequently serious. Safe installations consider the following four categories, but stellar work in the first three will be negated by laxness in the last.
The first three areas of responsibility deal mostly with physical items, and as such are relatively easy to evaluate and track. Potential deficiencies (parenthetically noted) are mostly found in the following areas:
The latter area of responsibility deals with actions and non-actions, attributes of participants who are constantly changing, unstable conditions like weather, site condition, degree and quality of supervision, and legal considerations like use agreements, hold-harmless and indemnity clauses, etc. Thus, although this is the most critical aspect, it is also the most difficult to evaluate and track. Challenges are found in:
More detail on this subject may be found in Zip-Line Slides on our website.
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