Victoria Falls Bungee has announced that, following a thorough investigation into the bungee incident on December 31 involving an Australian tourist, bungee jumping will resume at Victoria Falls on February 2.
The organisation said a full and thorough investigation into the cause of the bungee cord failure had been conducted. The investigation included a detailed safety audit and inspection of the bungee jumping system as well as a forensic analysis of the broken bungee cord.
The international qualified IRATA safety auditors who have audited and inspected the system and equipment, have advised that after inspecting all components of the bungee system they found safety standards prior the incident to have complied with the international standard ( AS/NZS 5848:2000) for bungee jumping.
Victoria Falls Bungee said in a statement: “As safety is of the utmost concern to us, together with the safety auditors we have developed certain new procedures to improve safety standards. With particular regard to the management and handling of the bungee cords, a safety auditor expressed the opinion that the standards we now apply are unparalleled in the industry, in all probability industry leading.”
Inspection of the cord that broke revealed the rubber used to make the bungee cord was not as strong as it should have been and was weaker than the newer rubbers. Victoria Falls Bungee said it would take the matter up with the rubber manufacturers. The company stated: “The newer rubbers, which we will now use, were found to be far stronger than the Code of Practice for Bungy Jumping requires. To ensure as best as possible the strength and integrity of all rubbers we use, we are arranging to have samples from every future batch of rubber tested before being put into service.”
Victoria Falls Bungee concluded: “In light of the investigations and the opinions of both the safety auditors and the forensic investigators we are satisfied that the cause of the broken cord has been established and that the new standards, testing and inspection methods we have introduced will prevent a recurrence of the incident.”