Jan 20, 2006, 10:15 AM
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Re: [krkeenan] Fatality ASC(skyride)
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The culture of the DZ should be looked at if it has a bunch of accidents.
This is very true. The "Safety Culture" can vary widely from DZ to DZ. Usually the things that make a DZ "less safe" are small changes that creep in slowly over time. Usually the regulars don't even notice. It's only when you go from one place to another that the differences are really apparent.
More experienced jumpers, and especially ones who travel to different DZs, generally take their own personal rules and habits with them and usually stay pretty safe. It's the newer jumpers, who follow their DZ "leaders", who can fall victim to the lowering of safety standards.
This is not to imply that this has anything to do with the accident or the DZ involved in this discussion, this is just a comment in line with the direction this thread has taken.
I think this is something that really needs to be emphasized in this thread.
We need to keep constantly questioning our methods, training, gear etc. to make sure we stay on top of the game. When we get lax, comfortable and complacent - we make mistakes.
I think the vast majority of incidents can be traced back to complacency - either complacency about the approach, complacency about our training, gear complacency etc.