Ski lift operators: winch-cat safety reminder
Technical Safety BC would like to encourage all passenger ropeway owners and operators whom operate winch aided snow grooming equipment (winch-cats), to review information bulletin B-P4 0611218 2, company policies and training of the use of winch-cats around passenger ropeways and passenger conveyors.
This reminder is in light of a fatal incident that occurred in Europe last month. This incident involved a ropeway that was operating with passengers at night and a winch-cat that was grooming the slope below the ropeway. Unfortunately the winch-cat’s cable became entangled with one of the ropeways carriers and pulled it from the haul rope. The carrier fell to the ground resulting in one fatality and three injuries.