Hawaii Zipline Collapse Kills Worker

Man falls testing new line on big island

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A 36-year-old Hawaii man fell to his death in a zip-line accident on Wednesday, dropping 200 feet after a tower supporting the line he was working on collapsed. Another worker, a 35-year-old Ohio resident, was injured when he fell 30 feet off the tower. The line that collapsed was approximately 2,300 feet long, and the man who died was halfway across the line as the tower came down. The cause of the collapse is unknown, but Hawaii County Police reported that the operator of the zip line, which is located north of Hilo, had asked the the line's builders to tighten it and make it faster. Lava Hotline, the company that owns the zip line, denies that claim. "I don't where that came from,” said owner Gary Marrow. "It had nothing to do with us, so it was really just the construction guys.” The construction company, Experiential Resources Inc. of Maui, has erected more than 1,000 zip lines in 40 states and 12 countries and bills itself as "the global leader in the designing and building of adventure courses, canopy tours and zip line courses." Zip line speeds can reach 40 miles per hour, but, because they the lines do not use a motor or electricity, are not regulated as amusement rides. "It's not like a construction contractor. There's no licensing," Audrey Hidano, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Deputy Director, said. The course was shut down immediately after the incident and will remained closed for two weeks while investigations continue.

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