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Essex County Council fined over fall at rock-climbing centre

Gavin Howat 3 years ago   Reply

Essex County Council has been fined after a novice climber plunged seven and a half metres from an indoor rock face at a climbing centre in Harlow.

The 15 year-old girl, from Ware was taking part in her fifth climbing club session at the Harlow Centre for Outdoor Learning on 8 March, 2014 when the incident took place.

She was climbing on the indoor climbing wall whist being belayed by an eight year-old, who had only attended three previous climbing club sessions.

On the day of the incident the eight year-old was using a certain belay device, for the first time.

The climber lost her footing on the wall, but her younger belayer was unable to control her fall. She plummeted 7.5 metres onto the floor below.

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