Zip Line

Last updated – 14/06/2021
Setting Group / Location Created by Date created
Bumbles by the Park
Front garden
Sigourney Gibson / Johnny Walker

What are the hazards / risks?

Possible injuries arising from use of zip line and various components

Who is at risk?

Children and staff members

What general hazards can cause harm?

  1. If used incorrectly / unsupervised a child could fall off the apparatus  resulting in a broken limb / head injury / general cuts and bruises

Normal control measures

  1. Supervise children using the apparatus / instruct them in the correct use of all elements.
  2. Staff to visually check all ropes – knots secure, no signs of abrasion or tampering
  3. Staff to physically check the equipment – Check for pulley, web swing, zip line seat and climbing swing.
  4. Check for any breakages, any sharp or rough edges
  5. Check all equipment fastenings ie nuts, bolts and carabiners – check carabiner screw gates are in working order

Before connecting zip line:

  1. Check rope tensions with staff body weight
  2. Check screw gate on seat attachment carabiner lock
  3. Check path of zipline is obstacle free and that children are not playing in the path line / immediate area

At all times:

  1. There must be direct / near supervision by staff members when zip line and swings are attached
  2. Protective equipment to be considered  eg helmets / gloves etc
  3. No more than 2 children are allowed in the web-swing / no children should be standing around the web swing when it is in use
  4. Before connecting the web swing element,  the 2 blue crash mats must be placed in position and fastened to the wall at the rear of web swing (as per illustrated photos on poster always stored with the crash mats)  thus preventing  injury should the swing collide with the wall.

Risk Benefit Assessment

  1. Provides children with opportunities to risk assess for themselves and to think about risk assessment
  2. Provides opportunity for physical development and exciting challenges
  3. Children learn about ropes and fastenings and are introduced to new language