Climbing walls can be dangerous but club operators can reduce the risk of injury by requiring all climbers to go through an orientation Photo by Thinkstock

Climbing walls can be dangerous, but club operators can reduce the risk of injury by requiring all climbers to go through an orientation. Photo by Thinkstock.

Climbing Wall Operators Need Risk Management Policies to Limit Injuries

Climbing wall operators can reduce the risks to climbers and to their businesses by putting risk management policies in place in their facilities.

There was no clear reason why Spencer Bean, an experienced climber and a student at the University of Iowa, fell from a climbing wall in the university’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) last November. As a result of the fall, Bean suffered two crushed vertebrae and almost was paralyzed.

The wall was closed temporarily as

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