Human error caused Breck lift accident |

Human error caused Breck lift accident

BRECKENRIDGE – Human error, not a mechanical failure, caused a recent lift accident at Breckenridge Ski Resort in which three people fell 20 feet to the ground, according to the Colorado Passenger Tramway Board.The Breckenridge Ski Area contacted the Board shortly after the incident and the Board’s engineer discussed the incident with area personnel, said Angeline Kinnaird Linn, program director for the Board.On Dec. 30, an adult and two minors fell from the Quicksilver Super 6 Lift between towers one and two, suffering non-life threatening injuries that required a trip to Swedish Medical Center in Denver.Lift maintenance personnel at Breckenridge inspected the lift immediately following the accident and there was no indication that the accident resulted from a mechanical failure, Kinnaird Linn said.”A malfunction of a lift resulting in passengers falling is extremely rare, especially a lift with this loading configuration. … While incidences of individuals falling from tramways do occur, it is almost always the result of human error, be it the passenger, operational personnel, or a combination of the two,” she said, adding that this particular incident was clearly caused by human error.If the accident had been caused by a lift malfunction, the tramway engineer would have initiated an investigation, she said.The Board is the state’s regulating agency for all lifts and must be notified of all accidents.

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