According to RideAccidents.com, since 1986, at least 18 people have
died from bungee jumping accidents worldwide.
BUNGEE CORD RIDES
The following page provides reports of accidents and news stories
involving bungee jumps and amusement rides which use bungee cords.
Bungee jumping-related injuries
?Most of the articles in medical literature relating to bungee jumping
injuries are individual case descriptions, referring to one particular
event and its resulting injury. Some of the reports describe bleeding
in the eyes, while there are individual articles relating to damage to
shoulders, spines, nerve damage resulting in a 'dropped foot', and a
pneumothorax injury. The causes of the injuries described in the
articles are given as defective materials, misjudging of the necessary
length of the elastic rope or
misjudging of the weight of the person jumping.?
?With time, the jumps have become higher and have developed new
variants. Bearing in mind the high forces involved in both the jump
and the retardation at the bottom of the jump, there is obviously a
risk of injury to persons.
? Since 1987, when the first jump was carried out in the USA, more
than two million persons have made bungee jumps. Of them, five have
died, and 80 were reported as injured (according to an insurance
?In the literature up to 1992, injuries resulting from bungee jumping
were reported as being concentrated to the head, shoulders, back/spine
and lower extremities, with some resulting in serious consequences,
including paralysis. Five deaths were reported up to 1992. One report
(Louw et al, 1998) describes how, after a bungee jump, a 23-year-old
man suffered from numbness and weakness in his legs. Examination two
months later, after continued symptoms, discovered a disc rupture as
the underlying reason, probably having been caused by the jump. The
authors suggest that the heights of jumps should be limited, in order
to reduce the forces arising from deceleration.?
A 28-year-old man suffered from orbital emphysema after a jump in
which his head had ended up under water at the bottom of the jump
(Krott et al, 1997). Having jumped from a bridge, with a height of
about 50 m, his head had entered the water with considerable velocity,
forcing air into his sinuses. He was treated with antibiotics, which
relieved the symptoms in five days.?
Read more on page 83 to 85 of the following publication.
An initiative for the Collection of Data regarding Injuries in the
Consumer Services Sector Final Report
Prepared for the European Commission, DG SANCO
Center for Research and Prevention of Injuries (CE.RE.PR.I),
Athens, March 31, 2004
"bungee OR bungy jumping" deaths OR injuries OR fatalities
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