Safety Expert analyzes the cause of injury to a wakeboard user from a bungee cord on the wakeboard rack. The rack is a piece of sports equipment, and it is designed to hold two boards in place with two 19″ long bungee cords; each has a 1″ plastic ball on one end. The cord is stretched to a length of 40″ in order to get the ball over the racks,and the cord is fit into a slot. The ball holds the board in place. During the mounting of the wakeboards, the user is looking under the rack to perform the slotting operation; this puts his face in the ‘line of fire” if the user accidentally lost hold of the ball as he is stretching the cord. This is exactly what happened, and the user lost an eye. According to the safety expert, this design is even more dangerous because boaters hands may be wet or coated with sun tan oils etc. Tests on the cord indicated that the ball velocity is greater than 100 mph. The photo on the upper left is the users view. The two balls are in their appropriate slots. Upper right is looking at the rack with two mounted wakeboards. This rack model has been discontinued.
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