TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – New pictures obtained by 8 On Your Side show several guests on the Museum of Science and Industry’s (MOSI) Sky Trail Ropes Course but no operator with them. The photos, taken the Friday after Thanksgiving, also show guests in the loading area where the safety tether or sling line is attached. There’s not one operator nearby.
“I’m worried that somebody’s going to get hurt, get injured, fall off or possibly die,” former MOSI lead operator Adam Golob said. Golob resigned from MOSI in November.
“I have quit because of issues with safety,” he said. 8 On Your Side showed him pictures of guests on the first, second and third levels of the ropes course attraction. Some were 36 feet high.
“Per ropes course requirement, you would need to have an operator no more than one level away from any guests,” Golob pointed out. A picture obtained by 8 On Your Side shows several guests on the course – but no operators.
“The security of our guests is the top priority,” MOSI spokesperson Shannon Herbon told 8 On Your Side.
Safety should be a priority. Last Christmas Eve, a man fell to his death from a ropes course in an Orlando mall. This past July, a Lakeland teenager died when she fell out of her zip line at a camp on the North Carolina-South Carolina border.
8 On Your Side also shared the new photos with MOSI. According to Herbon, MOSI had five operators working the day in question. “Since there are clearly people out of view obscured by poles and equipment in the photo you have sent, it’s not possible to say with any certainty who is and isn’t on the course,” she said in an email.
Golob disagrees. “The poles on the course are not that wide in diameter. They’re about 12 inches in diameter,” he said. “I can see clearly from the picture that there are no operators up there.”
Even more concerning is a series of photos taken of the loading area. These photos show people are not attached to the course. There is no one to stop them from walking up the stairs. There’s a child hanging and swinging in a harness and people taking off their own harnesses. Again, there’s no operator nearby.
“Unfortunately the photo you have provided does not give us a view of the entire loading area, so there is no way to ascertain whether this is true or false,” Herbon said in her email. Once again, Golob, who spent four years working the ropes course and zip line, disagreed.
“You can see the entire loading and unloading zone, so there’s there’s nobody down there. That tells me things are not being done properly, procedures are not being followed, rules and regulations are not being upheld,” he said.