Originally Posted by WILDCAT
The kind of safety lapses reported in the article would close down any conveyor system that transports materials like coal. These lift systems carry people, and knowing that mechanics are defeating the safeguards is truly shocking.
I skied there last year. Never again.
You'll notice that the top four people at Mt Bachelor were fired a month ago. It's unclear whether this was a local incompetence problem or a broader corporate issue with POWDR. POWDR is certainly all about bean counting. It might have been that bonus for those tools who got fired was tied to operating profit. They may have decided to get as large a bonus as possible even if it meant dangerous lift operations and pissing off the locals. A general manager is supposed to know how to balance operating profit against safety and a sustainable business. From a POWDR corporate view, it very well could have been a simple hiring mistake combined with poor corporate oversight. There are tons of incompetent managers in the world who are very good at managing up and reporting nothing but glowing good news to their boss. There are very few bosses out there who enjoy firing people both out of empathy for them and from admitting that they made a mistake hiring them in the first place.
Killington also has a lengthy set of issues. Vermont is much better about safety inspections so I doubt that lift safety is the same issue. Local management has certainly gotten the town and their customer base upset. Again, nobody knows if this is a corporate edict from Utah or a local general manager set of decisions. It's certainly not wise to have the town upset at you when your Texas partner is trying to develop a base village with many hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.