Lawmakers studying possible zip line regulation

Lawmakers in North Carolina are studying possible zip line regulation in the wake of a death of a 12-year-old at summer camp earlier this summer.

A introduced by Rep. Ted Davis Jr., the cousin of a girl killed at YMCA Camp Cheerio in the Blue Ridge Mountains, wouuld order the state Department of Labor to study whether the state needs to regulate the zip line industry, according to The News & Observer of Raleigh.

“I realize there is human error and I realize there are accidents,” Davis told the newspaper. “But I just felt like I had to go the extra mile to make sure that these zip lines are uniformly required to get inspections and insurance, all those kinds of things.”

Bonnie Sanders Burney died on June 11 after the tether attaching the harness around the girl’s waist to the pulley above broke.

At least 12 people have died in the U.S. while zip lining since 2006, according to news reports, but the number could be higher since few states regulate zip lines or keep track of deaths or injuries.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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