Bill Seeks to Impose Strict On the Aerial Adventure Course Industry
BREVARD, NC — According to an online report at citizens-times.com,a bill seeks to impose strict standards on the “aerial adventure course” industry.*
As summer approaches, the aerial adventure course industry and summer camps get underway in North Carolina. However, there is a new bill in the General Assembly which seeks to regulate the industry which includes high rope courses, zip lines, and other aerial adventures. The reason behind the bill is due to the tragic death of two individuals over the past few years.
Some owners of camps in addition to commercial zip line companies believe that the bill, if passed, would result in significant expenses, unnecessary paperwork, and civil and criminal penalties, which they feel, would cast a “chilling effect” on the industry. This, they maintain, may result in some operations closing.
“Our view is that regulation is not the issue, it’s how this bill is written,” said a female member of the North Carolina Youth Camp Association Board, and the owner of a girl’s camp.
“We’re really committed to running the safest operations for the children we serve and we feel that this bill would not necessarily address errors that would potentially occur. Unfortunately, some of the few accidents that have occurred were more human error than the construction of the course," she noted.
House bill 380, also referred to as Sanders’ Law, was introduced by a state representative who is related to a twelve year old girl who was riding a zip line at an Alleghany County summer camp. The girl fell from the zip line due to the fact that her harness snapped.
The bill recently passed the House and is now waiting review in the Senate.
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