Ski lift operators: winch-cat safety reminder

Technologies

Technologies

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.

Read the full information bulletin on unsafe operation of winch controlled Snow-Cats in the vicinity of passenger ropeways.