Man, 23, dies after falling off cable car at Durban beachfront

Johnatan56

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How the hell was something like that approved in the first place? Not even a safety bar. Looks like the ski lift to hell via the pavement.
If you sit properly, no safety bar required.
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For example. Have used quite a few ski lifts without bars at a lot higher heights than the news stories' one, does get a bit scary with gusts of wind.
The scarier part imho is when you get off the ski lift, all that stuff is ice due to the mass of people.

EDIT:
Restraining bar
Also called a retention bar[4] or safety bar, these may help hold passengers in the chair in the same way as an automotive seatbelt or safety bar in an amusement park ride. If equipped, each chair has a retractable bar, sometimes with attached foot rests. In most configurations, a passenger may reach up and behind their head, grab the bar or a handle, and pull the restraint forward and down. Once the bar has swung sufficiently, gravity assists positioning the bar to its down limit. Before disembarking, the bar must be swung up, out of the way.

The physics of a passenger sitting properly in a chairlift do not require use of a restraining ba
r. If the chairlift stops suddenly (as from use of the system emergency brake), the carrier's arm connecting to the grip pivots smoothly forward—driven by the chair's inertia—and maintains friction (and seating angle) between the seat and passenger. The restraining bar is useful for children—who do not fit comfortably into adult sized chairs—as well as apprehensive passengers, and for those who are disinclined or unable to sit still. In addition, restraining bars with footrests reduce muscle fatigue from supporting the weight of a snowboard or skis, especially during long lift rides. The restraining bar is also useful in very strong wind and when the chair is coated by ice.

Some ski areas mandate the use of safety bars on dangerous or windy lifts, with forfeiture of the lift ticket as a penalty. Vermont and New Jersey state law also require the use of safety bars,[citation needed] as well as most provinces in Canada.[citation needed]

Restraining bars (almost always with foot rests) on chairlifts are more common in Europe and also naturally used by passengers of all ages. Some chairlifts have restraining bars that open and close automatically.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chairlift#Restraining_bar
 

deesef

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but surely, its possible to prevent casual suicide, but at least putting down nets to prevent people from "trying" to commit suicide.
sure the plans are being worked out now, nets covering everything, especially below.

one thing I always wondered, what if load shedding happens and your in the middle of the span?
they come rescue you with ladders, and call the Fire department?
Bull. Do you have any idea of the cost involved to span nets at every possible jumping site? Shopping malls, bridges over roads, escalators, etc. Then there is the jumping in front of a car, bus, train etc... Steak knives at upper-class restaurants (not Spur, their knives won't do it)) You name it, it can be used to commit suicide in public.
 

Daruk

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but surely, its possible to prevent casual suicide, but at least putting down nets to prevent people from "trying" to commit suicide.
sure the plans are being worked out now, nets covering everything, especially below.

one thing I always wondered, what if load shedding happens and your in the middle of the span?
they come rescue you with ladders, and call the Fire department?
Preventing suicide is best done with:
- Better economic outlook
- Better healthcare systems (heck, we can't even do the physiology well, let alone psychology)
- A less stressful living environment. Right now the ANC led government directly contributes to higher stress levels in our population and poor / unaffordable healthcare systems through corrupt management. Sorry to make it political but it's true.
 

Grant

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but surely, its possible to prevent casual suicide, but at least putting down nets to prevent people from "trying" to commit suicide.
sure the plans are being worked out now, nets covering everything, especially below.

sounds a little like this:
one thing I always wondered, what if load shedding happens and your in the middle of the span?
they come rescue you with ladders, and call the Fire department?
they use giant sidecutters and snip the cable.
the cars just glide off - like washers off a piece of string
 
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