Rock Climbing Deaths And Fall Arrester Safety

Rock Climbing Deaths

The purpose of life isn’t to avoid death. It can’t, because it wouldn’t make life meaningful and so dull that would never want to live through it anyway! The secret is to take calculated risks when you think about it. Even in comparison with other hobbies and sports, rock climbing really is very safe.

Increase In Death Rate

A man climbing on a rocky hill

As with all activities involving risk, rock climbing has seen some increase in death rates over the years. This increase was especially pronounced during the 1980s, but there have been no significant increases since.

However, while a rock climber does not have to die from a fall, he or she can still be injured by the equipment itself, which is used for climbing. One common accident that is attributed to accidents is the use of a fall arrest.

When climbers attempt to climb and fall, the harness automatically tightens around their body. But, when the climber tries to release the belt, the harness may unexpectedly loosen and let go, causing the climber to fall. If an accident like this were to happen, the fall is likely to result in severe trauma.

Use Of Fall Arrester

A fall arrestor is designed to prevent the user from falling to the ground. Instead, it keeps the climber suspended at a specific height by means of two straps attached to the harness. Once the user falls, the straps gently pull the user to the ground, where they can be tended to and receive first aid.

An important thing to keep in mind when using a fall arrest is that if the straps are improperly attached, they can pull on the climber’s arms or legs. While it’s not common, in some cases an accidental fall from an area where the fall arrestor isn’t being used can cause serious injury to the person holding the harness.

However, the most common accidents involving fall arrestors involve the use of a faulty one. The biggest problem is to use one in an area that’s particularly challenging, such as a steep rock wall. If the wrong type of arrestor is used, it can result in the climber falling onto the wall, where the suspension belt fails to keep him or her afloat.

Other Causes Of Death By Fall

A man on top of a mountain

Another common cause of death by fall is simply not being able to stop yourself from falling once you’re on the wall. This is often a result of not controlling your grip on the rope, which allows the rope to slip through the fingers and into free fall. It also can occur when a climber slips when pulling on a piece of equipment. If this happens, the climber is at risk of hitting his or her head against the rock.

Even if a fall is averted due to a malfunction of a fall arrest, there is still a chance that the climber will fall again on that same area. For example, if the climber has fallen multiple times without incident, there is still the possibility that he or she will slip when pulling on the equipment again.

Last Words

Because of this, the climbers’ instructors should always be present when they’re climbing. They can help them practice their skills, and they also can be on hand in case of an emergency. It’s important that everyone in the group is aware of all rock climbing safety equipment, including fall arrest usage.

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