Mystery Ski lift fault leaves eight injured
Posted: August 28, 2014
Posted in: Falls from Heights Public Place Accidents
After eight people were injured on a ski chair-lift in Aberdeenshire, the operators will not face prosecution. The accident happened in February of last year at the Lecht Ski Centre in Corgarff in Aberdeenshire. It was heard that while some skiers were left stranded in the air for over an hour, others fell about 20ft (6m) to the ground. Eight people, including five children, were hospitalised, and a further 30 people required rescuing.
It was heard that a connecting mechanism on the chair-lift became damaged, causing some of the chairs to fall off the cables. The Health and Safety Executive said that it did not recommend court action as the chair-lift had been properly maintained and inspected by the operators. They said that the incident could not have been prevented, but that additional safety measures have since been introduced.
“Seemed to be a mystery”
The owner of the Lecht Ski Centre, James McIntosh, said that he was deeply sorry for the injuries caused. He added:
“We are obviously delighted to have been cleared by the HSE.”
“We were concerned about what caused it because it seemed to be a mystery.”
Lecht Ski Centre is on the eastern side of the Cairngorms. There are five main ski resorts in Scotland: Nevis Range, Cairngorms, Glencoe, Glenshee and The Lecht.
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