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Bungee jumping 'killed off' by new safety rules

Bungee jumping 'killed off' by new safety rules

Published: 04 Jun 2010 11:58 GMT+02:00
Updated: 04 Jun 2010 11:58 GMT+02:00

Strict new safety rules could spell the end of bungee jumping in Sweden, companies who organize the activity have warned.

“It’s a shame. This will kill an entire sector,” said Ulf Kempe, an outdoor activity organizer in Jönköping told the Jönköpings-Posten newspaper.

Almost all bungee jumps in Sweden are taken from mobile cranes, which are usually rented. All equipment, including platforms and safety harnesses, are provided by organizers and are inspected regularly according to a set of criteria.

But now the industry is under threat after the Swedish National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen) has issued a stricter interpretation of the rules, making it harder for companies to pass inspections.

“We are being reclassified as fairground operators, which has led the police to demand that we inspect our equipment in a new way in order to get permission to arrange bungee jumps,” Kempe said.

Under current rules, all new fairground equipment must be inspected carefully when it enters Sweden to ensure it meets Swedish safety standards. The strict application of the rules means that jump organizers must have their equipment inspected every time they arrange a jump.

“The crane now has to be inspected together with our platform. Even if the equipment and the crane are approved individually, they cannot be used together,” Kempe said.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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16:56 June 4, 2010 by voiceofreason
Its a reckless sport anyway, ban it all together. I have read of people who plunge to their death, this is only possible because the equipments are setup on a makeshift basis without any regulatory oversight.
17:43 June 4, 2010 by zooeden
The voice of reason has spoken!!!! Behold!!! The voice is a thousand years old!!!!
18:42 June 4, 2010 by reader
I have read of people who have died after crashing their cars, ban those aswell, voice of reason, you are a complete Muppet!
19:28 June 4, 2010 by misssh
voiceoffreason come on are you serious? really

bungy jumping has a very low accident rate if you ban this you may as well ban sky diving and any other adrenaline sport

i agree with reader you are a muppet
20:23 June 4, 2010 by Javlaengelsman
More intrusions into people's lives by the Anti Fun Nazis...
21:36 June 4, 2010 by voiceofreason
Hate me for all I care, I think this generation (my generation) has thrown caution to the wind and will do anything in the name of fun and freedom.

I may have been a bit extreme calling for an outright ban but I wholly support some form of regulation afterall it will take some of my tax money to treat those fortunate to survive a fall.
22:23 June 4, 2010 by wenddiver
I think it's supposed to be a little dangerous, that's where the fun comes from.

Somebody called them an Anti-fun Nazi, but I bet this came from the extreme left.
23:53 June 4, 2010 by proteasome
It will bounce back...
03:15 June 5, 2010 by xenyasai
Oh no, the horror! The actually have to pass *gasp* safety inspections. What is next?

The end is nigh!!!!!!!!!
09:53 June 5, 2010 by Marc the Texan
I feel safer jumping out of a plane rather than bungee jumping. I just have never trusted the equipment I've seen in use at any bungee jump.
12:04 June 5, 2010 by Flygger
Live and let die..
12:22 June 5, 2010 by Buckshot
A life without some danger is not a life.

Maybe we should make it illegal to be outside when there is a thunderstorm?
08:27 June 7, 2010 by B-dogg.
Voice of Reason your name is surely a joke. 14440 people are killed on ladders every year in the USA. 44000 people will be killed in car accidents. 3334 people will drown. Should we ban swimming pools, bath tubs and going to the beach? 504627 people will be injured this year in the USA on bicycles. Voice of Reason at which point do you realize that it is you who is the one not living?
11:58 June 7, 2010 by The Right One
Have any Swedes died as a result of b-jumping?

Regardless, this sounds like a bootlegger & baptist issue.
21:24 June 7, 2010 by wxman
What people do is their business, no one else's. As long as their activity does not endanger someone else. We were all born with freedom and liberty, but spend the rest of our lives trying to protect it from the damn busy bodies. Run your own lives; leave mine alone.
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