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Lawmaker cites worker error in Maui zip-line fall

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 06:57 a.m. HST, May 06, 2014


State Rep. Angus McKelvey said he plans to introduce a bill next year focusing on worker safety about zip-line activities, in light of what he's heard about the recent death of a employee.

Piiholo Ranch Zipline worker Patricia Rabellizsa died after falling 150 feet Thursday while assisting a zip-line guest.

McKelvey, chairman of the House Consumer ProtectionCommittee, said he's heard Rabellizsa was not wearing a safety harness as required.

He said the "worker error" raises the question about focusing more on employee safety education and training.

"It's an inherently dangerous worker activity," McKelvey said.

In 2011 a Hawaii island zip-line tower collapsed because of weak soil, sending Ted Callaway, 36, of Lahaina plunging to his death. The line was being built along the  Honolii Stream. Another worker was critically injured in the accident."I think it's in everybody's interest to make sure it doesn't happen again ... " he said.






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