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Amusement Rides and Devices Committee Launches Bungee Task Group

The origin of bungee jumping dates back hundreds of years to Pentecost Island in the South Pacific. Young men of the Vanuatu nation built 100-foot-high [30.48-meter-high] towers from which they jumped, with strong, carefully-measured vines tied around their ankles. This event, which became known as “land diving,” was a rite of passage into manhood. What is particularly notable about this, from a standardization perspective, is that the land divers had to follow very strict rules while building the towers from which they would jump. In addition, the vines to be used by the land diver obviously had to meet a certain set of criteria, and were chosen by a trusted village elder.

Following the lead of these original bungee jumpers, Subcommittee F24.60 on Special Rides/Attractions recently launched a new task group on bungees. The purpose of the task group, according to Tim Lundy, president/CEO of PLH and Associates, Inc., and a member of Committee F24 on Amusements Rides and Devices, is to set standards for bungee units. “Some of the components do have standards, but there are no standards for bungee units,” says Lundy.

The task group, which was formed in March and is currently preparing to work on its first standards, is seeking participation from any interested parties.

For further technical information, contact Tim Lundy, PLH and Associates, Inc., Lakeland, Fla. (phone: 863/ 602-8674). Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices will meet Oct. 1-3 in San Diego, Calif. For meeting or membership details, contact Len Morrissey, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9719). //

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