11 January 2012

Victoria Falls Bungee has implemented new precautionary measures

Tour company Safari Par Excellence (Safpar), a booking agent for bungee jumps from the Victoria Falls bridge with Victoria Falls Bungee, published an agent/press release on 06 January 2012, in which Victoria Falls Bungee is pointing out that several preliminary measures have been advised and been implemented following the bungee accident that took place at its operations on New Year’s Eve.

According to the press release, Victoria Falls Bungee has implemented the following preliminary measures:
  • We have removed all bungee cords from the system which were made with the same batch of rubber as that used to make the failed cord. These have been retained for further testing.
  • An entirely new set of bungee cords have been installed on the system. These have been extensively load tested and inspected thoroughly and we are satisfied that they are safe to jump on.
  • The entire bungee system has been thoroughly inspected and checked and we are fully confident that everything is safe to jump on.
  • In addition to our normal checks and procedures we have instigated additional daily and intermittent checks on the bungee cords and we are fully satisfied that these checks and procedures are more than sufficient to ensure our clients safety.
  • Our own crew are conducting test jumps before the commencement of daily operations and throughout the day.
  • Experts in South Africa have been contacted and we expect them to be on site next week to help us with our ongoing investigations as to the cause of the incident.
  • The broken cord has been carefully stored and will shortly be sent to South Africa for forensic testing.
  • A qualified river guide with first aid certification and the necessary safety and recovery equipment has been positioned in the gorge below the bridge. 
    (via Victoria Falls Bungee Agent/Press Release 06 Jan 2012)

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