Defective Rope Caused Outdoors Instructor to Be Left Permanently Disabled and Forced To Have His Foot Amputated

Defective Rope Caused Outdoors Instructor to Be Left Permanently Disabled and Forced To Have His Foot Amputated

Defective Rope Caused Outdoors Instructor to Be Left Permanently Disabled and Forced To Have His Foot Amputated
A Southampton firm were prosecuted for an incident which left an outdoors activity instructor permanently disabled after he used a faulty rope when demonstrating a simulated parachute landing.
25 year-old Joshua Senior fell 9 metres to the floor at Rock (UK) adventure centre in Carroty Wood near Tonbridge Kent on 25th August 2010. As Mr Senior began his decent the rope unravelled instead of operating in the usual measured control.
He broke his back and was paralysed waist down for around six months before gradually regaining use of some of his lower limbs over the next year. With the help of Stoke Mandeville Hospital he was able to regain movement. Later however the hospital found that his right ankle had been crushed and required amputation.
Yesterday the Health and Safety Executive prosecuted the company for serious safety breaches at Southampton Magistrates’ Court.
The ropes were supplied by Pfiefer Rope & Tackle Ltd of Marchwood Southampton who supplied batches of ropes as requested by Rock (UK) to use to simulate parachute landings in a parafan device.
The rope is attached the individuals harness to the shaft of the parafan which slows the individuals fall to simulate a real parachute landing. Mr Senior carried out all the essentials tests as recommended by the maker of the parafan before his decent.
Due to the company’s manufacturing error with the rope it was found that Priefer had used the wrong components which caused Mr Senior to plunge 30ft to the ground.
The court was told that the Pfiefer Rope & Tackle Ltd hadn’t used their quality control system correctly because they had failed to check measurements on the end terminations which had been fully crushed.
Pfiefer Rope & Tackle Ltd of Marchwood Industrial Park had to pay a fine of £20000 and £6348 in costs after they admitted to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
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