The company, Zipline Adventures, reports that the employee did not clip his safety harness to the line, fell backwards off of the platform and dropped 60 feet to the ground below.
According to a spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, the accident is being investigated as a work accident instead of an amusement part ride accident. The Department typically inspects amusement rides statewide. Now, the accident could possibly be investigated by the South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The manager at the company says that accidents are not typically a problem at this attraction. He says that the ride actually has a perfect safety record. This is the third season of the attraction. He adds that an accident of any kind is going to reflect poorly on the company.
"Anytime you hear of any type of an accident, it makes you go back and relook at your process, make sure you're doing things as well as you can," said Robert Stinnett with the zip line company.
There are approximately 100,000 visitors to the zip line attraction each year. In three seasons, they've had no accidents that required more than a band-aid, until now.
The company will be taking its own look into the accident and will be looking at any safety issues that might need to be addressed, although they're positive that this incident was just a fluke.
Zip lines have been making headlines for the wrong reasons lately. You might remember the 24-year-old girl from Georgia who is suffering some serious and life-altering injuries after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria, aeromonas hydrophila bacteria, from a zip line attraction. She has already had one of her legs amputated and may soon require amputation of some of her fingers.
The truth of the matter is that working with any type of mountain tour business or other tourist attraction can be dangerous. Many times, these tours and attractions work to bring some excitement into participants' day. Unfortunately, this excitement can be dangerous. As an attraction company, just as with any other company, safety should be a number one priority -- for both employees and guests.