Safety Expert On Sugarloaf Ski Resort Derailment

Construction_Engineering_INGUB363In the wake of a cable derailment at Sugarloaf ski resort at Carrabasett Valley, Maine, a ski safety expert who reviewed the last two years of state inspection reports on the resort’s chairlifts said he was surprised at the number of problems the documents highlighted.  He also questioned the wisdom of re-starting the lift with skiers aboard once the cable began tracking outside the guidance system.  “There is a lot of stuff here, a lot of things that (the inspector) has keyed in on. It doesn’t look like a healthy lift maintenance (program).

There is something wrong with nearly every lift,” Richard Penniman of Truckee, Calif., said of the inspection reports by the Maine Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety.  Penniman said many of the issues noted in the last two state inspection reports of Sugarloaf’s lifts are indicative of older equipment. He pointed specifically to metal fatigue, corrosion and electrical problems — “classic old-lift stuff,” he said.

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