Zip line, ropes course oversight possible with girl's death

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Zip lines and challenge courses in North Carolina aren't regulated by the state, but some lawmakers believe it's time the equipment should be after a 12-year-old's death last year at a youth camp.

A state House committee is considering legislation that would provide state Department of Labor oversight of these rope-related activities. It would require operations be certified and inspected annually, with employee training mandates.

Rep. Ted Davis of Wilmington is the chief sponsor and a distant cousin of the child who died at Camp Cheerio in June 2015. He says regulations can minimize accidents from occurring.

Youth camps and other course operators say safety is paramount but have concerns about the measure, including the costs.

One organization representative says the industry is self-regulating and insurance requires inspections.

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