State concludes HI zip line death investigation

Source: Damon Tucker
Source: Damon Tucker

HONOLULU (AP) - A state investigation into a Hawaii zip line accident that sent a worker plunging 200 feet to his death concludes that the tower collapsed because of weak soil.

The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said Tuesday ground anchors were installed in soil that couldn't withstand the weight of the tower, cables and rider.

The department's Occupational Safety and Health Division launched a workplace investigation after worker Ted Callaway of Lahaina died. The 36-year-old was test-riding a zip line north of Hilo in September. His co-worker Curtis Wright, of Miamisburg, Ohio, was critically injured.

The investigation says GoZip LLC failed to take reasonable precautions to ensure that the anchors could support the load. GoZip officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Penalties totaling $13,500 are proposed.

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