OSHA releases publication on protecting zip-line workers

Agency says employers must provide safety equipment, training

Posted March 9, 2016

Recreational zip-lining is a popular activity found at places such as parks, summer camps, amusement parks, and resorts. While many people enjoy zip-lines, the activity can be dangerous for zip-line workers.

Workers in this industry can be injured or killed from falling, colliding with riders, being entangled with ropes, and catching nip points (pinch points) on rotating parts.

In the recently released OSHA pamphlet Protecting Zip-Line Workers, the agency says it is the employers’ responsibility to protect zip-line workers.

The document includes information on the types of protective equipment and safety training employers must provide zip-line workers. According to OSHA, employers must provide harnesses, guardrails, helmet, safety nets, and gloves. The agency says the workers’ training must include how to identify hazards, inspect equipment, report hazards, and safely interact with zip-line riders.

The publication also provides a list of what worksite hazards employers must check for such as examining platforms and lines for unsafe conditions.

The pamphlet can be read on the OSHA website.


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