Urban Air Adventure Park in Bloomingdale, Ill., is facing a lawsuit after a participant’s harness slipped and choked her while on the indoor park’s “Sky Ride Zip Line,” a curved rail ride. The incident occurred on Nov. 19, 2021 at her three-year-old’s birthday party.
The woman involved in the incident said she was able to grab hold of the harness and lift herself with one arm to avoid choking to death, but expressed concern that not all body types would have been able to do this. The woman’s injuries included scratches and bruises around her neck, and she said she suffered emotional trauma.
Urban Air Adventure Park issued a statement following the incident, stating that “the safety and well-being of our guests and employees is Urban Air’s highest priority in everything we do.” It went on to say, “One injury is too many, but what’s important to remember is ride safety is a shared partnership between the park and their guests and it’s essential they follow posted and verbal guidelines and instructions.” The woman did not sign a waiver prior to participating.
The lawsuit has been filed against Urban Air Adventure Park and two of its employees citing negligence, and alleges the park did not maintain the ride or equipment properly and the employees did not strap her in properly or check the ride to make sure it was operating safely.
A representative of Urban Air Adventure Park has stated that all employees have been re-trained since the incident.