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Date of Incident

18/04/2022

Country

England

Route

Incident

Climbing with my usual partner - I was belaying on a lead climb. My partner had just placed the first piece of gear and was <1m off the ground. I stepped in towards him to point out a foothold, as he stepped up and I stepped back, I caught the tip of his nut key, which was on the back of his harness on the inside of my nostril! This caused a small wound and considerable amount of pain. I lowered/dropped my partner to the ground (this is a debatable point). First aid was self administered.

Lessons

Stay well clear of sharp objects, think about where things will move to next. Always carry a first aid kit. I consider this a freak accident but also it could have been prevented by taking a bit more care.

Activity

Trad rock climbing

When

Ascending

Injury

Minor injury

Causes

entrapment of belayer by leaders gear

Anonymous?

No

Reported By

Participant

Wearing Helmets?

No

Rescue Services Involved?

Author

Sharon Kennedy

19 April 2022, 12:36:41

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