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Hawaii auditor: Zip line regulations expensive

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:02 a.m. HST, Oct 11, 2012

A Hawaii state auditor says a proposal to regulate zip line tour companies would cost $400,000 to set up and $350,000 to implement each year, with unclear benefits to making rides safer.

State Auditor Marion Higa said in a report submitted to Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the Hawaii Legislature that there’s not enough evidence to suggest zip lines are seriously dangerous, despite the death of a worker testing a new zip line on the Big Island last year.

Higa says the industry has a generally good safety record given that zip lining and similar activities are inherently risky.

State lawmakers introduced a bill in January to have 22 zip line companies regulated by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. It was referred to the House Finance Committee in March.

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false wrote:
I'll be a regulator. Pay me 350,000.00 to ride the ziplines for free.
on October 11,2012 | 12:20PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Since there's already a dept of labor osha division, with an increasing compliment of inspectors, why would it cost so much to simply have them do the job?
on October 11,2012 | 03:24PM
false wrote:
It will cost the state so much because they can get away with it, the voters of Hawaii at the end of the day not only condone it but support it.. Remember: Democrat=good, republican bad.
on October 11,2012 | 06:21PM
Dragonman wrote:
The inspectors have to be trained. OSHA has inspectors but none qualified to inspect zip line. The other factor to consider is if we approve a zip company as safe and there is an acciddent than the state is liable in any lawsuit.
on October 11,2012 | 08:01PM
hawaiikone wrote:
The training is a week seminar. And with that logic why should we inspect elevators if by doing so we incur potential liability?
on October 12,2012 | 03:00PM
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