Utah49, i'am in total agrement. If the Lifties had been watching the lift, (in which they were hired to do) then they would of saw that the kid was having trouble, and thus stopped the lift and helped him.
It is not the job of a lift operator to sit there inside the lift shack, shooting the *hit with his friends, and not watch the lift. There are stop buttons inside the shack, they cold of been watching the kid come in to the ramp, and still stopped the chair in time.
I for one hope the lifties lost thier job. Major safty violation in my eyes, and hopefully in the eyes of management of PCMR, as well as the Utah Tramway Safty board.
Granted you don't need 8 years of college to run a chair lift,(most resorts only train for a week)but you do need to be responsabile for your actions, when your responsable for the lives of people who are riding your lift, t-bar,rope tow, gondola, tram. It's no differant for the pilot of the plane.
As for looking at the pictures , it only looks like it was two chairs from the end of the termenal. The lift looks like McConkies, and from what i remebr of it, there is a pretty good steep drop, . Thank God the kid landed in soft snow.
Here is what the Park Record wrote about the mishap,
Child plummets from lift
By Jay Hamburger, OF THE RECORD STAFF
A child last week plummeted from a ski lift at Park City Mountain Resort in a mishap the
resort says offers a safety lesson for skiers and snowboarders.
PCMR spokeswoman Krista Rowles-Parry said the 12-year-old was on the resort's McConkey's
lift on Dec. 4 when his backpack became caught on the chair as he was ready to depart at
the top of the lift.
She said that the resort believes that while he was trying to untangle his backpack, he
lifted his legs high enough to clear the lift's stop gate. A stop gate is a safety
mechanism meant to ensure a lift halts if a person has not departed by that point.
Attendants immediately stopped the lift but the chair went through the terminal and started
down by the time the lift halted, Rowles-Parry said.
She said the boy was suspended about 27 feet in the air.
Ski patrollers observed the mishap and two members of the patrol headed to a point
underneath the boy, who kicked off his skis and dropped his poles, Rowles-Parry said. She
said it appeared that the backpack strap was around the boy's neck, which made the incident
more urgent for patrollers.
The patrollers were talking to the boy as they collected a pile of snow underneath him. The
boy then dropped into the pile of snow, she said.
"He was fine," Rowles-Parry said, noting that he was examined at the resort and no injuries
Rowles-Parry said skiers and snowboarders should check for loose clothing and equipment
while they are on a lift.
The spokes person says the kid may of raised his leg high enough to pass over the stop gate. This could be true. I have seen adults do it,as well as kids cause they believed they were going to 'tripped' out of the chair.
People, leave your feet down, so it will trip the stop gate and shut the chair down.
Still if the operators had been watching the chair come in to the ramp, they could of stopped in time. OPERATOR ERROR.
I hope the locals can keep us updated on this. Would be interesting to see if it goes to court,before it settles.