As reported by RePlay, “The axe-throwing trend seen at some bars and other locations … isn’t always on target, as evidenced by a video showing one [axe] flying back at a guest recently. Here is the link to that video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvf7llSrSy8

“Originally posted on Instagram by user @camdhuber, the video shows a woman throwing an axe that ricocheted off of the [wood] floor and straight back toward her head at the Denver Bad Axe Throwing location. She shrugged off the incident unscathed and with a laugh. As a YouTube commenter humorously noted: “Axe throwing skill: 0/10, Axe dodging skill: 10/10.”

What this could mean? First, I am relieved to see that the woman in the video was not hurt. Second, the video teaches a valuable ‘heads up’ lesson – ‘Safety is always the #1 priority for every attraction’. We all acknowledge that there are many experiences in everyday life where accidents can occur. Most of us realize that most accidents at home involve slip and falls in the bathroom [According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year that number is 235,000 people over age 15], more than 1,250,000 people/year die in road crashes (3,287 deaths/day) and an additional 20-50 million are injured or disabled; 3,500 people drown per year in the U.S.  

The out-of-home leisure entertainment industry has relatively few accidents and the highly recommended insurance specialists and industry associations encourage and assist family entertainment center operators in ‘best safe practices’. After viewing the video, things like soft rubberized flooring, safety helmet, and placement of a barrier in front of the player come to mind. Also, as drinking and driving are scrutinized, same might apply to drinking and axe throwing?

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